Packer's final chapter is "The Maiden Phoenix," taken from Cranmer's blessing of the infant Elizabeth in Henry VIII. Here we get the fantastical romances in which, more than once, a daughter proves the salvation of her father. The phenomenon is represented by Marina's reunion with her wrecked sire in Pericles. I remember being moved by Packer's delicate Marina in the earlier incarnation of Women of Will, and damned if it didn't bring me to tears again! As Goneril says of herself in King Lear, Packer is "worth the whistle." So is Women of Will.
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