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Bowersock 1995: 39, and note Martyrdom of Polycarp 4, for the discountenancing of voluntary martyrdom.
Hence John of Gaunt might infer the necessity of discountenancing an attempt to strip it of its ornaments and its poetical character, and to reduce it to a mere affair of the understanding.
The most striking thing about Collier's critical approach to plays is that he seems to presume that all drama should produce satiric effects -- recommending virtue and discountenancing vice is, broadly speaking, what satire does.