Cymbeline: Iachimo page 6
This page is a bit of a tease, as I don’t think I’ll be posting any more Iachimo pages here for the time being. But in very unsurprising turn of events, the villain is rapidly becoming my favorite character. So I took a break from working on Posthumus’s point of view to draw Iachimo’s.
You will have noticed with your Holmsean skills of observation that Philario is a lady. In fact all of the characters who care for and help Posthumus—Imogen, Pisanio, and Philario—are women. It’ll give a nice twist to later events, including this soliloquy by Posthumus, which for my money is one of the more beautiful misogynistic speeches in literature. (And no that was not ironic, I really do love that speech.) Originally I didn’t want to stress gender relations too much , but the more I work on this adaptation the more they seem to sneak toward center stage. So, if you’re interested, be sure to keep track of interactions between the sexes in both the text and the drawings. Also be on the lookout for Madonnas, they are significant.