Horace then starts to demolish the credibility of his present epistolary persona, by constructing it as the mask of a dissimulator
, as the human face over the slave whom we have come to know as Davus's Horace.
Gallus is conspicuus where Domitian was a dissimulator
Surrounded by plotting men and himself a fine dissimulator
, Hamlet proclaims with the age-old logic of unhappy men: "Frailty, thy name is woman
Hence, language itself appears to be a dissimulator
In the process the first victim, Absolon, becomes the retributor, and the first dissimulator
, Nicholas, becomes a victim in a double switching of roles from patient (he follows Alison) to agent (he farts) and from agent to patient (he is branded).
There is much on reading and writings in Daniel Woolf's excursion around James Howell, Hoyle's opposite in being a survivor, dissimulator
, equivocator, and pragmatic royalist who flattered Cromwell.