This is but a mild example of the "unnatural natural philosophy" which Euphues has made famous.
The plays were not read or absorbed by their author's contemporaries and successors; Euphues was.
So Euphues is a very Malvolio among books, cross-gartered and wreathed as to its countenance with set smiles.
Certainly Euphues does not prove that Puritanism was latent in him.
Other little delicate turns of phrase may be found in the mine of Euphues—for the digging.
But the importance of Euphues was in its influence, not in its actual achievement.
So in Lyly's Euphues: "Philantus went into the fields to walk there, either to digest his choler, or chew upon his melancholy."
He writes Arcadia for Euphues but the substitution is legitimate.
I have said that it is very important to distinguish between the two parts of Euphues.
Euphues became the rage, and its literary style the fashion.