I have been thinking about gift giving in Shakespeare.
There doesn't seem to be too much of it if I remember rightly.
What there is tends to be more insult or cupboard love ... which is interesting.
Timon goes over the top with gifts - which in this 'Christmas' season might not seem a bad thing. I am not so sure.
I don't celebrate Christmas and I don't give (or take if I can avoid it) gifts. I've got around to a feeling of superficiality in both the giving and the taking - and there is certainly nothing spiritual in it.
So what is Timon doing? Is he weak in the mind?
I did give a gift this week though - and shall give another on Sunday.
Because of the state of my health and the severe possibility that I shall be leaving Romania for a long time, I passed on to one of my young friends my complete DVD collection of Shakespeare and my precious Oxford Complete Works - I hope it gives much pleasure and starts him on a path of adventure and exploration.
What I don't feel I've given is anything material. There was an intellectual gift there - and not a definitive one - it is more like a dowry, a source of future riches, a foundation