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25) The disconnect between those scholars who argue that the restraints of the civilizing process led to a greater sense of self-identification and those who believe that the culture of dissimulation created nothing more than a mirage of signs and representations need not be resolved here.
In a world of dissimulation, the threat of exposure "made [people] more aware of how reputations could be produced and appearances maintained .
In these two examples, in particular, the reader sees the heroine of the text coming to terms with her own singularity but simultaneously recognizing her need to uphold either the mode of confession or the mode of dissimulation or both.
Nonetheless, they provide the reader with unique insight into what goes on behind the scenes of either mode; as essentially incapable of illusion or dissimulation, they trigger more than just a codifiable reading of the passions.
My use of the term dissimulation here and throughout refers to its highly complex usage and role in determining social success during the seventeenth century.
To verbal and nonverbal confessions, and to the tension between the modes of dissimulation and confession, one must also add the complexity of the meaning of the verb avouer in the seventeenth century.
Assigning roles for the lucrative production of religion, Bale's Dissimulation reveals the playwright's familiarity with the professional theater world of which he was a part.
The anxiety that church leaders are merely good showmen is further demonstrated when, in one of the play's most comic physical spectacles, Private Wealth, Usurped Power, and Dissimulation lift Sedition up in the air, and the four burst into song.
The fact that Dissimulation recites words from the actual rite--the one still prescribed by English law--boldly asserts that the current practices under Henry are sinful and ridiculous.
Before he enters, disguised as the monk who will poison the king, Dissimulation is heard offstage singing a secular Christmas drinking song:
Once onstage, Dissimulation is all solemnity and submission, duping King John into trusting him.