But now, my Faustus, that thou mayst perceive What Rome contains for to delight thine eyes, Know that this city stands upon seven hills That underprop
the groundwork of the same: Just through the midst runs flowing Tiber's stream, With winding banks that cut it in two parts; Over the which two stately bridges lean, That make safe passage to each part of Rome: Upon the bridge call'd Ponte Angelo Erected is a castle passing strong, Where thou shalt see such store of ordnance, As that the double cannons, forg'd of brass, Do match the number of the days contain'd Within the compass of one complete year; Beside the gates, and high pyramides, That Julius Caesar brought from Africa.
York thus wanted to stage a careful representation of the city as a necessary underprop
to Henry's successful rule (which it undoubtedly was) while it needed to maintain a clear supporting role in a dramatic narrative of providentialism and divine right.
(L4r) Like the defiant Jane, Drayton's Guilford expresses resistance through an architectural metaphor, comparing Jane's and his fall to that of a building: "And those which should our greatnes underprop
, / Raze our foundation, overthrow our top" (L4r).
What penny hath Rome borne, What men provided, what munition sent, To underprop
the universe is orderly and providential after all." (14) In an analysis of 2 Henry IV, David Kastan similarly remarks that "sovereignty would construct itself upon a vertical axis of authorization, a synchronic principle of divine authority," and therefore much of King Henry and Prince Hal's preoccupation with performance and publicity constitutes an attempt to legitimate themselves by hiding the "horizontal, diachronic axis of coercive power" that underprops
their claim to the throne.
The fact that Galton does not deny the humanity of a people he wished to colonize and abuse essentially underprops
the logical economy of nineteenth-century imperialism and its supporting racist ideology.