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|I almost get the idea that Acres (like Lucy)....
Written by Arnie Perlstein
(3/2/2007 7:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree, penned by JulieW
...is not the good natured simpleton he seems, but is actually picking up on Jack's good natured ribbing of Faulkland's Duke Orsinoish hypersentimentality and hyperjealousy, and spontaneously joins in the put-on, by deliberately exaggerating Julia's happiness. For example, of all the songs Acres allegedly hears Julia singing, he just happens to remember the line "My heart's my own, my will is free"?
But then, if this were so, he must not only be putting Faulkland on, but Jack as well, once Faulkland leaves in a lather, and that does seem a little too implausible.
Still, as Cheryl suggests, can we believe what anybody says in this play?
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