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Our hero easily buys in to a bunch of negative stereotypes about Flemish Belgians. Also, Bruxellois dates back a long way. Bruxellois is like Quebeqois but closer to Paris...
The Spanish Tragedy is set in...Spain!
The General describes the battle to the King; reminiscent of the same in MacBeth. Though Shakespeare did it better, this is still good! Andrea (the ghost) was killed in Spain's victory over Portingale (Portugal). Revenge has promised Andrea's ghost revenge (what else is Revenge gonna promise some-one, peanuts?) on his killer.
How many of these film characters can you identify?
Every critical essay involving some other Revenge Tragedy cites The Spanish Tragedy (Kyd) as the first of its kind, which, beyond just liking the drama of the period in general, was why I wanted to read this particular book. So far we have a ghost, revenge personified and a mountain of Classical allusions.
The Introduction observes that Elizabethan-Jacobean Revenge Tragedy has antecedents in Classical Tragedy and descendants in Holywood revenge movies - however the latter often allow the protagonist to get away with mass murder entirely consequence-free which is a distinct evolution away from the English Renaissance dramatic genre.
The other thing the Brontes valued as highly as intellect was moral rectitude and that's being established for our protagonist, too, though he's not a flawless character.
The Bronte appreciation of intellect above almost all else - way above beauty - is already plainly evident.
I continue my Austen and the Brontes project but wimp out of Charlotte's two remaining door-stoppers, Shirley and Villette, and go for the by comparison very brief, The Professor, instead.
Newton is not much less of a cypher to me after reading this than he was before, which is unfortunate, because what I really wanted was insight into his character. I'm left with the impression of a man with a big, fragile ego, much less a scientist in the modern sense than I expected because of his reluctance to publish his results, despite his obvious genius, which has come to shape our modern world philosophically and technologically.
I don't know if Gleick chose not to focus on character or if there isn't much evidence, but if you want the bare facts of Newton's life and what he acheived, then this book will give you them in a compact, digestible form.
The Hooste brings us abruptly down to earth by commenting on his much less saintly wife and the Monk agrees to tell some tragedies.