Ben Jonson, Every Man out of his Humour, 1599
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Cordatus (described in the dramatis personae as ‘The Authors friend; A man inly acquainted with the Scope and Drift of his Plot: Of a discreet, and understanding Judgement; and has the place of a Moderator’) and Mitis form the Grex or chorus, commenting on critical issues and explicating the action and characters. The passages from the chorus printed below are those which deal with specific critical issues arising from the action of the play, rather than those which explicate or anticipate it, or discuss drama in general.