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Far less has been made of Alcibiades. The underplot in which he figures is conceived in Shakespeare's manner, but its execution suggests imitation. The great soldier, banished by his fellow-citizens in spite of his services, who avenges his wrongs not with the spoken daggers of Timon, but with energetic military reprisals, plays the part of Coriolanus, but plays it in the simple, straightforward temper of Fortinbras. The scene of his banishment (iii. 5.) is as remote in passion and force from the great climax of the Roman play as it is proximate in motive. In the closing scene-his vengeful return—the Coriolanus motive is still visible; but Fortinbras predominates. Alcibiades announces his impending vengeance to the trembling senators; but he is a gentle conqueror, and returns, with facile accommodation, to the citizenship of the coward and lascivious town' whose baseness had provoked Timon's annihilating hatred, as the Norwegian prince succeeds; blithe and high-hearted, to the rule of the rotten Denmark that had blasted the genius of Hamlet.
TIMON OF ATHENS
A hall in Timon's house.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and
others, at several doors. Poet. Good day, sir. Pain.
I am glad you 're well. Poet. I have not seen you long: how goes the
world? Pain. It wears, sir, as it grows. Poet.
Ay, that 's well known:
Pain. I know them both; th' other 's a jeweller.
Nay, that's most fix'd. Mer. A most incomparable man, breathed, as it
were, To an untirable and continuate goodness :
10. breathed, exercised.
Jew. I have a jewel here--
sir ? Jew. If he will touch the estimate : but, for
thatPoet. [Reciting to himself] When we for re
compense have praised the vile,
'Tis a good form.
[Looking at the jewel. Jew. And rich : here is a water, look ye. Pain. You are rapt, sir, in some work, some
dedication To the great lord. Poet.
A thing slipp'd idly from me.
is as a gum, which oozes
there? Pain. A picture, sir. When comes your book
'Tis a good piece.
Admirable: how this grace 30
30. how this grace, etc. The of the portrait expresses that of poet speaks with the preciosity the man himself, on which it is of art - coteries. He possibly founded.' means: How vividly the grace
One might interpret.
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
I will say of it,
Enter certain Senators, and pass over.
Pain. How shall I understand you?
I will unbolt to you.
doubt. Ingleby and Littledale 45. my free drift, etc., my take 'sea of wax' to mean a spontaneous tribute is not a flood-tide (' he waxed like a sea,' straggling isolated current of Cor. ii. 2. 103); I cannot beopinion, but moves in consort lieve this. A sea of wax' would with a tide of literary eulogy.- be as natural an expression in The poet's affected jargon is the days of tablets as a sea of obscure to his hearer, as the
ink in ours. painter's question shows. Its 47. levell'd, intended. interpretation is not free from
50. tract, trace. VOL. X
Subdues and properties to his love and tendance
I saw them speak together.
hill Feign'd Fortune to be throned: the base o' the
'Tis conceived to scope.
Nay, sir, but hear me on.
Ay, marry, what of these? Poet. When Fortune in her shift and change of mood 72. to scope, to the purpose.