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The Shakespeare Stealer

In Chapter 1, the central character, Widge, relates how he never knew his mother or father, but was raised in an orphanage. His life there was hard, but not unbearable, as for the most part the...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2010 12:52 pm UTC

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The main character of The Shakespeare Stealer is an orphan boy named Widge. Widge is a dynamic character, and he grows throughout the book. Widge is smart, as he is able to learn shorthand while...

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I've listed below some key points from chapters 4–10 to help you understand a summary of the text. After the strange man Widge is traveling with defends himself against the thieves, leaving them...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 11:48 pm UTC

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Chapter 13: This chapter begins with Widge worrying about how he will be able to transcribe Hamlet without being caught in the act. On the following Sunday morning, Widge and Sander entertain Mr....

Latest answer posted August 24, 2018 2:56 pm UTC

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If we skip the opening setting of Mistress MacGregor's orphanage, then the three settings of The Shakespeare Stealer are the rectory in "the nearby hamlet of Berwick"; the home of Mrs. and Dr....

Latest answer posted August 30, 2016 1:35 am UTC

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Gary Blackwood’s 1998 historical fiction novel The Shakespeare Stealer presents the narrative of an orphan named Widge whose master, Bass, directs him to steal Hamlet from Shakespeare’s company of...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 10:09 pm UTC

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Chapter 12 begins with Widge getting his first lessons in acting. Widge is first apprehensive about going in, however he soon finds that it is a fencing lesson. He practices with the other boys...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2015 5:48 pm UTC

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Mr. Armin prevents Widge from drowning in the river. When they are back on land, they continue their search for Nick. Widge reveals to Mr. Armin that he knows who hired Nick to take the play he...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 12:18 pm UTC

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In Chapter 15, Widge finally finds himself with Hamlet in his possession. He questions whether he can actually get away with stealing the manuscript. However, when lines are called for from the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017 5:58 am UTC

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Falconer is really Simon Bass, the aging, small-theater owner who assigns Widge the task of stealing Shakespeare's play Hamlet from the famous and established acting troupe the Chamberlain's Men,...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 12:57 pm UTC

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Widge is a slight boy, which might be explained by a lack of nutrition in his childhood. The orphanage, according to Widge, never had enough food to go around. According to the head of the...

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In Chapter 3, Widge is traveling with the stranger who has just purchased him from Dr. Bright. As they travel, Widge tries to guess his new master's background. Judging from his clothes and gruff...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018 8:41 pm UTC

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Chapter 10 concludes with Mr. Heminges holding a vote. The matter at hand is whether Widge should be allowed to join the theatre troupe. This vote is a result of a lie told by Widge. Remember, at...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2021 4:14 pm UTC

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An in-depth summary of each chapter follows: Chapter 18: Widge walks into the prop room, where he finds locked trunks. He begins searching through the trunks in order to find the script. He only...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 3:44 am UTC

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First of all, I would consider this book young adult or even children's fiction. It would not be on my list of recommended reads to my adult friends, unless they were teachers who have students...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010 6:19 am UTC

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As Chapter 21 opens, Nick reacts to the knowledge that Julian is actually Julia. Widge says that he's never seen him at a loss for words, but this news shocks him into momentary silence. Widge...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 3:59 pm UTC

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In chapter 25, Widge suspects that Nick is in the property room. He is proven right when he opens the door. As for Nick, his hands are on the Hamlet playbook. Widge suspects that Nick is stealing...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2018 5:17 pm UTC

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Julia helps Widge by practicing with him every day. When the day of the performance finally arrives, Widge knows his lines so well that he feels that he truly is Ophelia. Widge does so well, in...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2007 4:21 am UTC

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Widge learns how to lie and how to wrestle at the orphanage. In chapter 7, Widge is assigned to transcribe Shakespeare's Hamlet before the playwright can print his play for the public. Our...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 3:24 pm UTC

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You might find it interesting to think about the transformation that Widge undergoes as he himself identifies it in Chapter 23 after his performance at Whitehall in front of Queen Elizabeth I....

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 2:53 pm UTC

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For me, one of the most important quotes in this excellent and gripping book comes in Chapter 22, when Julia, now that the players know she is a woman, talks to Widge about her passion for acting...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 2:42 pm UTC

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Shakespeare is exacting during rehearsals but disconnected and melancholy at other times. One thing Widge mentions is practicing while Shakespeare and Mr. Phillips watch and criticize the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 3:50 pm UTC

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Gary Blackwood's novel The Shakespeare Stealer is set in the 1590s. It follows the life of a fourteen-year-old raised in a Yorkshire orphanage. Widge's master pulls him into a plan to steal...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 10:11 am UTC

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Falconer dies in Chapter 27, the very last chapter in the book. The chapter in question opens with Falconer engaged in a duel with Mr. Armin. At first, it appears that Falconer will surely emerge...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2008 9:31 am UTC

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The climax of this book is of course when Mr. Armin and Widge confront Falconer at the point when he has finally gained the copy of Hamlet that he has been wanting for so long. The duel that Mr....

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

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It is easier to start with which characters are only fictional and were not real individuals connected with the authentic Globe Theatre. Based upon current research, Widge himself, "Julian" Cogan...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2016 5:19 am UTC

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In Chapter 23, witht the kind help of Julia, Widge works feverishly to learn the lines of the character Ophelia. The Company goes before the queen's master of revels to rehearse, and the rehearsal...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 3:58 am UTC

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The best way to understand the story outline would be to explore the summaries from each chapter. Below you will find an overview of each chapter that will allow you to outline the first three...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 4:07 am UTC

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Firstly, Widge is given the task of prompt. This is a great temptation as he is in charge of the valuable play book, which his survival instincts and instruction from his master tell him to steal...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2009 1:24 pm UTC

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In Gary L. Blackwood's The Shakespeare Stealer, Widge is a fourteen-year-old orphaned apprentice with a special talent. Dr. Bright has taught him a form of shorthand that allows him to transcribe...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2021 9:42 pm UTC

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Nick can be seen as a metaphor from Chapter 21. Nick is a metaphor for the path that Widge could take. Both Nick and Widge face a world in which there is a wide level of choice. They both...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2014 11:43 pm UTC

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In chapter 16 of The Shakespeare Stealer, Widge talks to the actor Chris Beeston, a former apprentice. Beeston explains that there is a history of playbooks being stolen from theaters. Simon Bass...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 8:34 pm UTC

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Well, for the fun of answering it: Let's start out with the vocabulary. Costard was used by Shakespeare to mean head. This is supposed to be a comical term. According to the Shakespearean...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2015 11:22 pm UTC

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To determine if Gary Blackwood’s The Shakespeare Stealer accurately reflects the time period that it was set in, one should research the Elizabethan era. They should delve into how children like...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021 2:24 pm UTC

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In a nutshell, Widge learns that friendship and loyalty are what have been missing from his life. He has been raised by an eccentric doctor who sees no problem with hiring out Widge's services to a...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2020 2:52 pm UTC

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Widge thinks that Mr. Shakespeare has an ill-tempered disposition and a tendency to be difficult. In Chapter 16, Widge has an opportunity to observe Mr. Shakespeare while the latter is getting...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017 6:07 pm UTC

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Widge is little more than Simon Bass's glorified servant. That's certainly how Simon sees the relationship. In his guise as Falconer, Bass gives the orders, and Widge follows them to the letter....

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 5:41 am UTC

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There are many examples of puns and wordplay throughout the novel The Shakespeare Stealer. Taking place in Shakespeare's theatre with many actors and script-writers, it makes sense that the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 1:43 pm UTC

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The journey from Berwick to Leicester begins with Widge following behind the silent and sullen stranger's horse on foot. They head south, through woods that are "dense and dark and...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2008 3:01 pm UTC

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Adam is a very minor character in this story who is first introduced in Chapter Four, which is when Falconer and Widge arrive at Leicester. As they arrive at the house where they are going to stay,...

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The opening chapter establishes that the central character, Widge, grew up in an orphanage ran by a woman called Mistress MacGregor. Although she was not a bad woman, it was clear that there was a...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013 6:14 am UTC

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Widge never did quite steal the play, although he came very close. He transcribed the whole play over two performances in Dr Bright's 'charactery' but the notebook was stolen from him as he left...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2009 11:14 am UTC

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The Mr. Burbage who is mentioned a few times in the narrative is a real, historical character. Richard Burbage was a leading actor in Shakespeare's acting troupe at the Globe Theatre in London...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 3:27 pm UTC

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It's chapter 10 of The Shakespeare Stealer, and Widge has returned to the Globe Theatre to search for his pad. On a previous visit to the theatre, Widge had used the pad for writing down missing...

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Simon Bass’s house is described as “substantial.” Its importance and size are reinforced by the kitchen, which is described as “spacious.” Another element that points toward the relative...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020 5:49 pm UTC

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Adam steals Widge's savings. When the boys arrive at Leicester to stay at Simon Bass's, there are already people living and working there. One of them is Adam, who works in the stables. Adam is a...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 5:12 pm UTC

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In The Shakespeare Stealer, the term “shank’s mare” is used only once, on p. 20. At that point, the meaning of the phrase is given clearly. Widge, the narrator, says that “shank’s mare” meant “of...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015 3:29 pm UTC

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After Julia gives up the role of Ophelia in Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Mr. Heminges kindly offers her a job gathering money from members of the audience at the entrances to the theater. Although...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 10:46 pm UTC

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Chris Beeston is an actor with Shakespeare's company who used to be an apprentice. He doesn't have much to do with the unmasking of Falconer—that was done by Mr. Armin and Widge. However, he does...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 3:57 pm UTC

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There are two books you should check out on the topic of the audiences in Shakespeare's day. Playgoing in Shakespeare's London by Andrew Gurr...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2008 9:16 am UTC

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