Every chapter is headed with a brief quote from a Jacobean revenge tragedy by the likes of Webster, Kyd, or Jonson.
“We started doing this because we want to save lives,” Jonson says.
Former devotees, including Jonson, describe a mental conditioning.
“I never felt like I was advancing and, the way the teachings worked, the blame was always put on us,” Jonson says.
“In a flash, everything came crashing down on me at once,” Jonson says.
It is only in this degradation of sordid misery that he is shown to us in the Alchemist of Jonson.
All men—Spenser as well as Jonson—found him gentle and witty, gay and generous.
I am reluctant to think that Jonson was the falsest and meanest of snobs.
And he may have had one in Jonson; at least he thought he had.
In this point Mr. Symonds seems to us unjust towards Jonson.