A modern-day tragedy the bard could appreciate

“What would she say if she were here,” the judge queried the accused. “Would she blanche at the spectacle?”
Because Brooke Astor is now dead, we’ll never know. But chances are the mother would have keeled over to learn that her son, Anthony Marshall, was awarding himself $1 million perks off of her dime.
So thought the judge who sentenced Marshall to one to three years of prison for grand larceny theft of his mother’s money.
It was the grandson, Philip Marshall, who first ratted on his dad padding his already plush pockets. We’re talking millions upon millions here.

THIS IS the stuff of Shakespeare.
A definitely dotty King Lear spurned his daughter Cordelia because she would not match her sisters’ professions of love for their father. When put to the test, sisters Regan and Goneril proved, ahem, lacking in their daughterly affection. The elderly king, subsequently, found himself banished, only to be rescued by Cordelia. Which would all make a lovely story would the bard let it be.
But no. King and Cordelia are imprisoned. Goneril and Regan are found out. One poisons the other before committing suicide. And the king, seconds off from saving Cordelia from being hanged, dies with her lifeless body in his arms.
All for want of a “show me.”

BY THE TIME of her death in 2007, Brooke Astor, 105, had given more than $200 million to various charities and endeavors.
“Money is like ma-nure,” she is famously quoted; “it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around.”
It boggles the mind that her son, a multi-millionaire thanks to his mum, wanted more push-ed his way.
Perhaps, like King Lear, he felt snubbed and was taking his revenge — which, of course, always backfires. And like Lear, the elderly Marshall, 85, has lost precious time loving perhaps because of some misconstrued slight.
Tragically, tragedies never go out of style.

— Susan Lynn