Act One Scene Twenty

Synopsis of Scene 20

Alan acts out entering the stables and putting ‘sandals’ and a bridle on the horse, Nugget, while Dysart encourages him and asks questions. Then he leads Nugget into the field.

Commentary on Scene 20

sandals … sack: Alan has created his own rites of worship, based on biblical language. ‘Sandals of majesty’ recalls the New Testament description of Christ as having ‘feet like burnished bronze’ (Revelation 2:18) and being someone whose sandals others were not worthy to untie (Mark 1:7).

Meek and mild: A well-known hymn described Christ as ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’.

Ha Ha: This refers to the earlier passage in which Dora quotes Job 39:25

He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha! And he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

Presumably Alan’s comment means that this is a place of battle for the horse.

Investigating scene 20...

  • Why do you think Alan has created these rituals for riding the horses at night?
  • How does the noise from the Chorus enhance the scene?
    • What purpose do you think the Chorus has?
    • Why does Shaffer include the Equus noise?
  • Do you find this scene sinister, or frightening?
    • What do you think is going to happen next?
    • Do you have a sense of building to a climax?
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