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By William Shakespeare

Timon, later a misanthrope, is a prosperous and beneficiant Athenian gentleman. He hosts a wide dinner party, attended through approximately the entire major characters.

Timon supplies away funds wastefully, and everybody desires to please him to get extra, apart from Apemantus, a churlish thinker whose cynicism Timon can't but take pleasure in. He accepts artwork from Poet and Painter, and a jewel from the Jeweller, yet by way of the top of Act 1, he has provided that away to a different pal.

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10–11). ” In a poem ascribed to Virgil by Renaissance critics, the speaker reveals the Epicurean’s emotional sacrifice when he bids farewell to his beloved, his “care of cares” [o mearum cura . . curarum], so that he can pursue Epicurean ataraxia, a life “free of care” [ab omni . . ” Yet his rejection of a specifically spiritual object of desire is itself true to Epicurean principles, for the Epicureans spurned traditional religion, just as they spurned erotic attachment, as a threat to tranquility.

Like Phrygius, though in an opposite way, Graccus avoids difficult but necessary choices. By accepting all religious sects as valid on the grounds that, like women, they are still “one kinde” despite their “divers habits” (l. ” Donne bids his reader and himself to seek “true religion” (emphasis mine), not religion as such; to be a “Religion” is not necessarily to be a “true religion” any more than to be a woman is necessarily to be an honest one. In “The Indifferent,” one of Donne’s libertine lyrics, the speaker claims he can love any kind of woman as long as “she be not true” and not “binde” him to reciprocal fidelity (ll.

Some of the satiric portraits have Juvenalian models, but their careful arrangement recalls Horatian depictions of opposite deviations from the mean rather than Juvenal’s looser mode of progression. Donne first presents a triad of characters who embrace Roman Catholicism, Geneva-style Calvinism, and the English church. Because members of the English church often lauded it as the mean between the excessive and deficient ceremonialism that they ascribed, respectively, to Catholicism and radical Protestantism,20 readers might have expected Donne to attack the first two characters’ extremism and then praise the third’s embrace of the English middle way.

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