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The Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare

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Leontes is the king of what country?

When we first see them, Leontes is trying to convince Polixenes to

Polixenes and Leontes are

Leontes becomes jealous, and decides that Hermione is having an affair with

In order to deal with his wife's infidelity, Leontes orders Camillo to

Disobeying his king's orders, Camillo

When Hermione gives birth to a daughter, Leontes

In order to prove the truth of his accusations against Hermione, Leontes

When Hermione's innocence is revealed,

After leaving Perdita on the Bohemian coast, Antigonus

After Perdita is abandoned, __ years pass before the story picks up again.

Perdita is raised by

Polixenes and Camillo come to the Shepherd's house when

When Florizel and Perdita are about to be betrothed

After his father threatens to disinherit him if he marries Perdita, Florizel

On Camillo's advice, Perdita and Florizel

To disguise himself, Florizel puts on the clothes of

After being threatened with hanging by Polixenes, the Shepherd resolves to

Thanks to Autolycus, the Shepherd ends up

In Sicily, Leontes promises Paulina

Florizel and Perdita arrive in Sicily claiming

Their ruse fails when

After Perdita's true identity is revealed,

At the end of the play, Autolycus

The play ends with

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Not a Miracle, but a Trick

by kcmurdarasi, August 18, 2012

The statue of Hermione at Paulina's house is not a real statue that comes to life by a miracle, it is actually Hermione herself. King Leontes thought she was dead (he had seen her 'corpse' - in reality just her unconscious body) but in fact she had been concealed by Paulina for the last sixteen years.

There are lots of hints the in preceeding scenes that Hermione is in fact alive. Pauline makes sure the King promises to marry no-one except a woman she shall choose, who shall be as good as the late Queen - although, of course, no such ... Read more


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The Best of Shakespeare's Comedies.

by ReadingShakespearefor450th, March 11, 2013

This play is great: engaging, funny, sad, thoughtful. Lots of great characters—mostly good—including my nominee for best comic relief character (“Autolycus, a rogue”) in a Shakespearean comedy.

I'm reading, reacting to and blogging on all Shakespeare plays by his 450th in April 2014. See my blog on "The Winter's Tale":


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No Fear?

by LateKait, February 04, 2014

Is there a No Fear coming any time soon for The Winter's Tale? Pretty please!


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