Today I watched the BBC version of the Shakespeare play Troilus and Cressida, one of the few Shakespeare plays I haven’t read or seen before. Just for the record, I was baffled by it. I expected a romance, which it definitely wasn’t. I expected it to be a story about Troilus and Cressida, which it wasn’t. It was about the Trojan War, and they were only one of the many subplots. Plus it ended after Hector’s death, leaving many loose ends, including whether or not Troilus killed Diomedes. If he did, I missed it.

However, there were two things about it that are relevant to my Regency life.

One was the casting of Benjamin Whitrow as Ulysses. Ulysses has long been my favorite character in movies I’ve seen and stories I’ve read about that war, a preference solidified when Sean Bean played the part in Troy. So I was ready to like the character in this play, and how delighted I was when I saw him! Benjamin Whitrow is my favorite Mr. Bennett – he’s in the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice.

 

The second thing, as you might suspect from the subject line, involves Georgette Heyer’s story The Unknown Ajax. The title is a quote, and there are several more quotes in the book on the “Ajax” stigma given to poor Hugo, but I didn’t know where those quotes came from, so I only half-understood them, and I was a bit frustrated. Well, they’re quotes from this play! Finally I know!

 

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