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Nourmahal herself has made much of that handy device in the talk with her slave. During the debate with Aureng-Zebe, the association of love with death grows more and more ambiguously titillating. At one point the hero says, I need not haste the end of Life to meet; The precipice is just beneath my feet. Nourmahal replies, Think not my sense of Virtue is no small: I'll rather leap down first, and break your fall. (V, 5154) The audience of course is aware of the insinuation, but Aureng-Zebe is deliciously unresponsive.

These wills, however, must not be predictable, because Dryden's rhetoric and drama depend on surprise. Love therefore is brought to operate inside a personality as an energy matching the weight of domestic duties, tribal alliances, civil war, and foreign invasion outside the person. Public loyalties and betrayals collide with private lust and jealousy. Other passionsavarice, revenge, the thirst for powerare more steady and less capricious than the spasms of sex; they are weaker servants of Dryden's genius.

I mean that Dryden finds images 3. Corneille says of his utterly evil Cléopatre, "[Tous] ses crimes sont accompagnés d'une grandeur d'ame qui a quelque chose de si haut, qu'en meme temps qu'on déteste ses actions, on admire la source dont elles partent" (preface to Rodogune, quoted in Dryden, Works, X, 392). There is a sublimity of villainy as well as of heroism; and I suppose Dryden intended Nourmahal, as well as Maximin, to exemplify such a character. < previous page page_32 next page > < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 and turns of phrase elegantly appropriate to the theme and the moment.

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