In the play's first musical moment, the vice Sedition's stage direction as he waits for the entrance of his partner in crime, Dissimulation, is simply: "seyng the leteny" (636).
(23) When Dissimulation continues, it is to pray for King Johan's death through the Paternoster, another legal Christian practice.
Bale creatively exploits the theatricality of the Roman Church by turning Dissimulation into a producer of sorts, assigning parts to his cast of clerics and prelates in order to keep congregants paying hefty sums to the church.
The consideration of La manganilla de Melilla relates the theme of prudent dissimulation
to notions of military virtue, through the true story of the defence of the Spanish presidio in 1564, in the face of a besieging Moorish army, by the governor Pedro Venegas, in reality a corrupt leader, who used a series of stratagems to ravage his opponents' forces.
Using a plethora of quotations from the texts, Loewenstein shows how Lillburne developed a pugnacious rhetoric grounded in apocalyptic discourse while also employing the language of dissimulation
to uncover the "treachery of Antichristian politics and power practiced under the guise of revolution and liberty" (33).
That is why the Egyptians had sculptures of sphinxes in all their temples, that is, to indicate that divine knowledge, if committed to writing at all, must be covered with enigmatic veils and poetic dissimulations."(47)
I additionally see Bronzino's "Sphinx," itself an enigmatically veiled poetic dissimulation, as contextually embodying a third aspect.
Nixon's unending dissimulations
practically provoked the new discourse of psychohistory, which so titillated scholars in the 1970s and suggested a way of understanding Nixon as a phenomenon of mind rather than a practitioner of politics.