Thanks to everyone who showed up to read The Aeneid.

Special thanks to first time student attendees, Madison and Mary.
You guys read wonderfully and it was nice to see you and other group members work out events in the book and relate them to the great Homeric epics. We hope to see you back and also other students. If you do not return, we wish you the joy of periodically revisiting this great book and mining its inexhaustible riches for yourself. Many of us in the group have read the book a few times but each rereading seems fresh and a revelation.

Thanks also to first time attendee, Phil Howell. Sorry you had to leave early Phil. It took a while for us to find our rhythm and the action really picked up in Book II with the Trojan Horse and the Fall of Troy and the Sea Wanderings of Book III. We hope to see you back.

Thanks also to George and Sharon Hunter for attending. George and Sharon, thanks for trying to stick it out for a while without having the translation we were using. Things were difficult enough for those who had the translation in front of us with allusions, seeming digressions and tales flying at you with ferocious rapidity.

Thanks to Mike Nader for reading us the opening of the poem in Latin so that we could get a sense of the sound and the meter and for starting us off wonderfully before he had to leave.

I think that most of the readers who were there till the end will agree that the reading was challenging and required a lot of concentration and stamina but at the same time also was energizing and exhilarating with an intense immersion into the story of Aeneas and his flight from Troy ending up in Carthage (so far).

Thanks again to everyone for deciding to spend some of your time on a rather “difficult pleasure” and literally giving breath to life at the reading.

Prashant Andrade (fea_123@yahoo.com)


Book 1
1 Virgil-A (1-246) ***
2 Virgil-B (247-509, not 312-343, not 347-398, not 456-506) ****
3 Virgil-C (532-709), *****
4 Virgil-D (758-1031, not 762-786, not 809-831, not 840-861, not 907-940) * **
5* Jupiter (347-398)
6** Aeneas (510-531,809-831)
7*** Venus (312-343, 456-506, 907-940)
8**** Ilioneus (710-757)
9***** Dido (762-786, 840-861)

Book 2
1 Virgil (1-2) *
2 Aeneas-A (3-272, not 106-141, not 147-195, not 209-267) ***
3 Aeneas-B (273-491) **
4 Aeneas-C (492-729) ****
5* Aeneas-D (730-1045, not 780-812, not 1007-1025)
6** Sinon (106-141, 147-195, 209-267)
7*** Venus (780-812)
8**** Creusa (1007-1025)

Book 3
Aeneas-A (1-213, not 143-162) ****
Aeneas-B (239-502) * *****
Aeneas-C (503-757, not 510-616, not 632-641) **
Aeneas-D (758-948, not 794-804, not 811-867) ***
5* Virgil (949-952)
6** Anchises (143-162)
7*** Phrygian hearth-gods (214-238)
8**** Priest (510-616, 632-641)
9***** Achaemenides (794-804, 811-867)

Prashant Andrade (fea_123@yahoo.com)

This is a reminder that we will be meeting to read The Aeneid on September 20 at 1:00 pm at the Plymouth District Library. We will be in the Friends room.

It’s great to be starting the Aeneid this Fall and this should take us through the end of the year!

We will be reading Books 1-3 of the Fitzgerald translation. I will have my copy marked up demarcating the reading roles and if you have the time, you might want to do the same with pencil or note tabs.

It was wonderful to hear Andrea read the first few lines of the Canto in Italian when we read The Inferno. If anyone can read the first few lines of Book 1 in Latin, please let me know and we can start off the reading that way!

Cyndi, could you please let me know if there are any students interested coming to this reading? The Friends room can accomodate up to 12 people, so I might have to limit the number of students this time. I can ask for the bigger Dunning or Walldorf room for future readings. Thanks again, for coordinating this with the students.

As before, we will be having short discussions during the breaks. Readers are welcome to bring up things or questions they want to discuss.

Since we might have a few new readers, it might be worthwhile to repeat the primary “rule” that the group follows: No interrupting, correcting or praising readers while they are reading. Once in a while, a reader will solicit input regarding pronounciation and that is fine. 

I have been trying to think of the differences between a solitary silent reading and the experiences of reading aloud and here is what they are to me:

i) Sustained, vital immersion in the text for an extented length of time
ii) Thrill of hearing characters speak in different voices
iii) Freshness of material when you hear many voices speaking
iv) Slowing the text down, really hearing things that you might have glossed over in silent reading
iv) Sense of satisfaction of each reader  in contributing to this unique performance of the text, no matter how small the role

I love solitary silent reading and I do it all the time, but I am thankful that we can also get together as a group and share this wonderful experience.

Also, I am going to try something new towards the holiday season this year. My wife and I are thinking of hosting a reading of The Christmas Carol at a potluck dinner including “exactly the kinds of food that old Ebenezer Scrooge might have snacked on with his cup of tea”. Please let me know if this sounds like something you might be interested in doing. On a whim I searched Amazon and of course there is a book published just for an occasion like this, the Christmas Carol Cookbook and also probably dozens of recipes available online:


Prashant Andrade (fea_123@yahoo.com)

Thanks to everyone who showed up to read “The Tempest” last Sunday at the library. The reading went wonderfully, I had forgotten the extent of the humor in the Stephano, Trinculo, Caliban sub-plot and that came out really nicely at the reading. Also a special thanks to first time attendees Tom Hunter and Rosie, it was nice having you at the reading!

We will be meeting to read the next play in our history sequence,  “King Henry IV, Part 1” on April 26 at 12:30 pm. Please note the earlier starting time as the play has 3041 lines in it. I will send out a reminder the beginning of the week of the reading. The play is brimming with some of the most vital characters that Shakespeare ever created including Falstaff and Hotspur, each of which the play could have conceivably been named after and I anticipate the reading will be a lot of fun!

We will also be voting in April to read one of the following tragedies at the May meeting: Coriolanus, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar.

Looking ahead a little bit, I am curious to see if anyone will be able to handle the French portions of “Henry V“, please let me know and I will make a note to assign those parts to you at the reading.

A couple of quick notes before I finish.

The Ian McKellen “King Lear” is on PBS tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 8:00 pm as part of the Great Performances series.

The Oberon Shakespeare Group is celebrating an UN-birthday party on April 23 at 7:00 pm at the Farmington Community Library with cake and coffee! If you are intrigued, please visit their blog for more details:


Prashant Andrade