William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second (William Shakespeare's Star Wars)
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In time so long ago begins our play,
In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.
To Shmi or not to Shmi? Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. The path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.
Alack the day! A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.
to cast it. Disappear’d they have, Or so, at least, it seemeth. How may’t be, younglings? PADAWAN 1 Good Master Yoda, is it possible That someone clear’d the archive’s memory? YODA Ha, ha! Forsooth, ’tis! The minds of children amaze— The Padawan has’t. Once th’impossible Hath been eliminated, What remains is truth. Fly hence, Obi-Wan, Unto gravity’s center: Your planet awaits. Although unlikely, The data you seek eras’d Must be, warrant I. OBI-WAN Yet who might
is well. OBI-WAN I sense the falsehood e’en as it is spoke— Thou art far tenser now than I have seen Since we into that nest of gundarks fell. ANAKIN A fallen memory indeed, kind sir, For it was you who did the falling whilst I did the rescuing, if I recall. OBI-WAN Perchance some fault befalls my memory— Forsooth, ’twas as thou sayest, I confess. Although ’twas frightening, it brings me mirth: Aye, danger may be merry when ’tis past. But now, behold thy face—thou dost
Investigation is not our command. ANAKIN We will discover who hath made assault Upon thy life, my lady: so swear I. OBI-WAN Our mandate shall not be exceeded, nay, Speak thou not out of turn, my Padawan. ANAKIN I meant but in the interest of her Protection, Master, nothing more indeed. OBI-WAN I need not tell thee once again that thou Shouldst follow on my lead, young Anakin. ANAKIN But wherefore? OBI-WAN —Eh? What didst thou to me say? ANAKIN Good Master,
a child’s plaything to him. E’en closer now, and closer—fie! This is the end, aye, here falleth the Fett. [Mace cuts off Jango’s head and then looks to Count Dooku. DOOKU My bounty hunter quite undone. Methinks This may portend the changing of the tide Of battle. See how Master Windu doth Behold me with his eyes of burnish’d steel. BOBA Behold I this foul scene with the eyes of a child. Must I now grow into a man at once? My father, cruelly murder’d by this Jedi. Remember this
enough: If we do wait for help, the time is past. I’ll warrant Anakin and I can stop Count Dooku—we are ample time and help. DOOKU I sense ’tis Jedi who do trail me now. Companions, fall behind whilst they give chase. [The Geonosians fall away from Dooku and take position on the other side of the balcony. ANAKIN Alas, now come the blasts behind us, fie! Our ship is harshly struck! PADMÉ —I fall once more! [Padmé and Clone Trooper 4 fall from the balcony onto the sand of