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       Flatter. Rarely. But Flatter.
        Himself his own father, Sonmulligan told himself. Wait. I am big with
child. I have an unborn child in my brain. Pallas Athena! A play! The play’s
the thing! Let me parturiate!
       He clasped his paunchbrow with both birthaiding hands.
        As for his family, Stephen said, his mother’s name lives in the forest
of Arden. Her death brought from him the scene with Volumnia in Coriolanus.
His boyson’s death is the deathscene of young Arthur in King John. Hamlet,
the black prince, is Hamnet Shakespeare. Who the girls in The Tempest, in
Pericles, in Winter’s Tale are we know. Who Cleopatra, fleshpot of Egypt, and
Cressid and Venus are we may guess. But there is another member of his
family who is recorded.
        The plot thickens, John Eglinton said.
       The quaker librarian, quaking, tiptoed in, quake, his mask, quake, with
haste, quake, quack.
       Door closed. Cell. Day.
       They list. Three. They.
       I you he they.
       Come, mess.

                                                 Stephen
       He had three brothers, Gilbert, Edmund, Richard. Gilbert in his old age
told some cavaliers he got a pass for nowt from Maister Gatherer one time
mass he did and he seen his brud Maister Wull the playwriter up in Lunnon
in a wrastling play wud a man on’s back. The playhouse sausage filled Gilbert’s
soul. He is nowhere : but an Edmund and a Richard are recorded in the
works of sweet William.

                                             Mageeglinjohn
       Names! What’s in a name?

                                                   Best
       That is my name, Richard, don’t you know. I hope you are going to say
a good word for Richard, don’t you know, for my sake.

                                                                                 (Laughter.)