The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth (The Complete by William Shakespeare, Liang Shiqiu

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In. I I . 32). It signals a further step in Hieronimo7s progress towards a maniacal condition in which nothing in the world any longer has meaning for him except the unburied body of his son. ) Jonson7s character suffers, in effect, from a tragic humour, an obsession which 'doth draw / All his affects, his spirits, and his powers, / In their confluctions, all to runne one way7 [EMO, Induction, 106-8). Poetically powerful throughout, the passage brilliantly suggests the lurches and exaggerations of a mind unhinged by grief.

It may be the image of his dead wife. It might be a memory of Camillo's features as a child. Either could be brought into being by something inexplicably dear and familiar in the face before him. Although despising his own 'foolish pitty' (26), he turns away: 'What a child am I / To have a child? Ay me, my son, my son' (28-9). Hegio, Ferneze's counterpart in the Captivi, never came close to behaving in so desperate and uncontrolled a fashion. He is rationally aware that the father of his Elian prisoner must be just as anxious to recover his son as he is to redeem his own.

He rejected, in fact, precisely that hinterland of experience, between fantasy and fact, sleep and waking, with which Shakespearean comedy is largely concerned. This at least is his position in those surviving plays written before The Devil Is An Ass in 1616, the year of Shakespeare's death. Jonson never recorded his opinion of The Comedy of Errors, and of its author's disregard of the problem which brought his own adaptation of the Amphitryo to a halt. He did, however, manage to complete another and quite different play based on Plautus.

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