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Virginia Woolf

Name at birth: Adeline Virginia StephenVirginia Woolf is remembered as both a feminist and a modernist whose novels often ignored traditional plots to follow the inner lives and musings of her charact…

William Shakespeare: Richard II, Act I

Act IScene ILondon. King Richard II's palaceEnter King Richard II, John of Gaunt, with other Nobles and AttendantsKing Richard IIOld John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancaster, Hast thou, accordin…

The Devil's Dictionary: Rimer

by Ambrose Bierce RIMERIOTRIMER -n. A poet regarded with indifference or disesteem. The rimer quenches his unheeded fires, The sound surceases and the sense expires. Then the domest…

William Shakespeare: Henry IV (Pt 2), Act IV

Act IVScene IYorkshire. Gaultree ForestEnter the Archbishop of York, Mowbray, Lord Hastings, and othersArchbishop of YorkWhat is this forest call'd?Hastings'Tis Gaultree Forest, an't shall ple…

Brewer's: Amundeville

Lady Adeline Amundeville, a lady who “had a twilight tinge of blue,” could make epigrams, give delightful soirées, and was fond of making matches. —Bryon: Don Juan, …

William Shakespeare: Richard II, Act I, Scene II

Scene IIThe Duke of Lancaster's palaceEnter John of Gaunt with DuchessJohn of GauntAlas, the part I had in Woodstock's blood Doth more solicit me than your exclaims, To stir against the butche…

William Shakespeare: Richard II, Act I, Scene III

Scene IIIThe lists at CoventryEnter the Lord Marshal and the Duke of AumerleLord MarshalMy Lord Aumerle, is Harry Hereford arm'd?Duke of AumerleYea, at all points; and longs to enter in.Lord M…