Monday, February 12, 2007

LONGAVILLE: You swore to that Berowne, and the rest!
BEROWNE. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest.
What is the end of study, let me know.
KING. Why, that to know which else we should not know.
BEROWNE. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from common sense?
KING. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.
BEROWNE. As thus: to study where I well may dine,
When I to feast expressly am forbid;
Or study where to meet some mistress fine,
When mistresses from common sense are hid;
KING. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
And train our intellects to vain delight.
BEROWNE. Why, all delights are vain;
KING:I've seen for days that you've got
The ways that must be checked
In you I never can detect
The slightest signs of intellect
Your mad on dances, think of the chances you neglect
You never seem inclined to use your mind
You're just a fella who
Has got his brains in his dancing shoes
Take a lesson from me
BEROWNE: I'd rather Charleston
LONGAVILLE and DUMAINE: Do do do do
KING: Think of what you might be
BEROWNE: I'd rather Charleston
LONGAVILLE and DUMAINE: Do do do do
KING: I'm disappointed in you and your ways
BEROWNE: I'm double-jointed
There's no sensation like syncopation
KING: Will you let me know why
BEROWNE:I'd rather Charleston
KING:Charleston?
That's the sort of thing I would never do
So, leave it behind and give your mind to something new
BEROWNE: I'd rather Charleston, Charleston, Charleston, Charleston, Charleston with you

--Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost.

If anyone wants to get me a V-Day present, that's totally what I want!!!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shakespeare, right?

Tokyo Pink said...

Yes! :-) Kenneth Branagh (here playing Berowne) did this largely unknown play. Made it a musical. It's hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA_VdVJwI4c

Tiffany said...

i'd rather charleston

Anonymous said...

Mmm, largely unknown is right, I just barely remembered where I had heard that title (English lit in HS a decade ago). I did cheat and Google it to be sure I was right :) There's nothing like error correcting your thoughts before you make yourself look like a rube. So 1) What's it about and 2) Is it any good? From the few Shakespeare comedies I read, they seemed to be pretty chuckle-liscious.

Tokyo Pink said...

Charleston? That's the sort of thing I would never do!

See the rest of the song, it's funny. It's actually between Fred Astaire and his sis

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/i/idrathercharleston.shtml

Tokyo Pink said...

Okay, well *I* and my dear sis think it's Hilarous to the max! I love what actors do with the characters (refering to the branagh version of course)

It would take long to write a summary to do it justice, so I recommend wikipedia!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love%27s_labour%27s_lost

Anonymous said...

That synopsis was only five paragraphs, you could have summed it up for me! I saw "box office failure" in there too. And how could Fred Astaire be in the flick if it was made in 2000?

Anonymous said...

If I ever get the chance to see it, I will, on the two sisters recommendations.

Tokyo Pink said...

It's true, it did not do so well at the box office. Anyway, they use a lot of fred astaire's songs. Actually, maybe all the songs in the movie are Fred's... Anyway... *we* my dear sis and I, love it!

Anonymous said...

May I also offer kudos for keeping this blog open for five years. That's tanacity!

Tokyo Pink said...

I try. :-) I dare people to find a longer lasting personal blog. As in, I think Slate for msnbc might be older... but they're getting paid! Anyway, it's part of my heart and soul... If I had enough money for printer ink, I'd print the whole thing off to make sure some computer malfuction wouldn't disappear it!

Anonymous said...

You should copy and paste the text and then save it to a memory stick at least! BTW Marry Commentary .... that rhymes, was that intentional?

Tokyo Pink said...

Lol, Totally intentional! My name is Mary and well, this is my Commentary on life, :-D This blog has also had the same name for five years. (It's very easy to change the name and not the site with blogger)

Anonymous said...

Well then, I guess that makes you a rhyme lovin' mad blogging college gal!