When I last wrote on the court comedies of John Lyly, I trod with some delicacy around his most famous play. Unwilling to found my theories of Lyly’s art upon so controverted a piece, and anxious in any case to point out the virtues of other plays, I discussed Endimion in a series of tentative suggestions carefully placed after the development of my major argument. I am delighted to have the present opportunity to reconsider the play and in particular to face as directly as I can whatever it is that makes Endimion a puzzling experience.
KeywordsTentative Suggestion Final Scene Moral Pressure Unresolved Tension Closing Line
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