1) There is something heartrending about the four-times-bereaved father, Jonson, holding court in his later years for a group of younger poets who referred to themselves as "The Sons of Ben."
2) Okay, Riggs mouthed the thing about the early moderns not forming deep or lasting supportive, sympathetic friendships.
No, you know, I'm not even going there. (What's the dominant nonromantic relationship paradigm in Shakespeare, other than parent-child? Oh, right, same-gender friendships of almost codependent closeness.)
I'll be in the bar.