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Explorations of two of the more problematic couples in a canon peppered with them:

1. "Love's Labours" by amilyn (Othello, Iago/Emilia)

With the Yuletide reveal come and gone, I can publicly thank amilyn for the honor of betaing this intriguing look into just how those two came about. They are entirely their pragmatic, calculating and unromantic selves, and it makes total sense. (There be some smut here.)

She paid less attention than was her custom to the patrons around her until one of the men stopped her with one hand and grabbed her ass with the other. He licked his lips and asked, "When will your father offer you for hire, woman?"

Emilia pushed her hip into his shoulder, and smiled coyly as sack sloshed into his lap. "Never when you are asking, Master Carter," she retorted.

The other men at the table jeered loudly as she proceeded to the man whose blank stare was now on her. She leaned over the table as she set his meal down. "Your dinner, good sir."

2. "Best Men Are Molded Out of Faults" by a_t_rain (Measure for Measure, Mariana/Angelo)

Saw this recced on angevin2's LJ earlier today, and had to check it out. Mariana was my first role in a full Shakespeare production, and I'm oddly protective of her. My Mariana was determined that the second chance she gave Angelo would not be wasted. This is an Angelo who rises believably to that challenge. Don't miss the shifts in form of address; every one of them is telling.

"Well! Methinks I see a proper spirit of humility in you, like to that of your virtuous wife. I did well when I ordered the two of you married." The Duke leaned back in his chair and rubbed his hands together, and suddenly Mariana understood exactly why Isabella had refused the best match in Vienna.

"Pardon me, my lord, but you ordered me widowed, and him beheaded. I call that a strange sort of marriage."

"I feared, Mariana, that it would be a stranger marriage if he lived, but I am pleased to see it is not so." The Duke gave them both a searching look, and Mariana quickly reached for Angelo’s hand. As a gesture of affection, it was not entirely successful because Angelo did not seem to know what to do with hers, but it might have deceived the Duke by candlelight.

[xposted to horsechicks]


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 3rd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
the honor of betaing this intriguing look

Thank YOU for said beta'ing and, yes, the public commeents are definitely appreciated. I'm so glad it works for you! I really need a Shakespeare icon.

You may also want to know that there is a Much Ado piece that I think works:

Much Ado About Nothing: "Sigh No More". Nice piece set before the play as Beatrice and Benedick begin to "hate" each other. Perfect possible backstory with excellent writing and an understanding of all the characters and the play.
Jan. 3rd, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's fantastic! Thanks for the heads-up!

Jade's tricks all round...
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