Day 4 in London: Part 2 – The Late Edition

Wow.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream was amazing.  The packed house – young and old, experts and neophytes, sitters and groundlings – found the performance uproariously funny, genuinely moving, enormously entertaining.   This performance was something that none of us will soon forget.

The Globe audience makes their way out of the theater after the show.

Our students enjoy a few minutes of sitting after nearly three hours as “groundlings”  standing in the yard for the show.  After a few minutes (or maybe it was more like a few seconds) we all headed for Dickens’ House.

The students pose in front of Dickens’ House.

Erica, Margo and Caroline enjoy the garden at Dickens’ House.

Our guide Andrew tells us about Charles Dickens’ life at Doughty Street.  He shared interesting details about the portraits that hang in the museum.

Andrew passed around a writing box and several pens belonging to Charles Dickens. These items, not usually on display for the general public, could be seen in various paintings around the museum.

Lisa inspects one of the pens used by Charles Dickens.

Andrew tells us about the untimely death of Charles Dickens’ sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth.  This event had a profound influence on the writer’s life and work.

After our private tour of Charles Dickens’ home, we all headed our separate ways.  Dr. Saraceno, who wanted to arrive home first so as to have the left-overs from last night’s steak and ale pie all to himself, decided to take a short cut through the old cemetary down by the marshes.  Unfortunately, he was surprised by a gruff and hungry convict newly escaped from a prison ship.

Only time will tell what influence this interaction might have on Dr. Saraceno or the convict.  All we can say for sure is that off in the distance, Dr. Firenze seemed to be smiling.

 

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 22, 2008.

One Response to “Day 4 in London: Part 2 – The Late Edition”

  1. Not to worry about Dr. Saraceno. He has that convict right where he wants him. He’s simply using the old “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” ploy and will shortly administer a thrashing the vagrant will not soon forget. And I know from personal experience Dr. Firenze stands at the ready to intervene on Dr. Saraceno’s behalf for he holds a 3rd. Degree plaid belt from the Clouseau School of Mortal Combat and Ballroom Dancing. Both his hands and all three legs are lethal weapons.

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