Absalom and Achitophel


John Dryden

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One of Achitophel’s more powerful men who has the ability to manipulate laws. Jonas is a prophet in the Bible, but in Dryden’s poem he represents Sir William Jones, a member of Parliament who prosecuted many of the Catholics falsely accused in the Popish Plot and also supported the Exclusion Bill.
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Jonas Character Timeline in Absalom and Achitophel

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Absalom and Achitophel
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...“new porridge for the Paschal Lamb.” These men have no titles and no grace, but Jonas is very powerful and can manipulate laws. (full context)
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Even more powerful than Jonas is Shimei, and he deeply hates David and all of the government. Shimei cheats the... (full context)