“Nuttall, p. 312. Misanthropus: Timon of Athens
Nuttall, p. 313. Lear does expect a return for the generosity he showed is daughters. He expects, not payment indeed, but spontaneous love in return. There is a lurking paradox here, and Shakespeare explored it in Timon of Athens. . . . is all about ingratitude. Timon gives freely to all comers; he then falls on hard times. The friends he had showered with gifts reject him. He who has loved all mankind becomes in consequence a hater of manking, a misanthrope. Timon is Lear without any of the old king's grandeur of language and, more important, without any family.
Nuttall, p. 317. What shows in the word "just" is that the scheme deemed contrary to cold justice, the scheme of grace, can lead us, as we move from contract ot ethical desert, back to the claim of justice - now having high moral status! This is exactly the sequence played out in Timon of Athens.”