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One play in particular resonates with the catastrophe of Hiram's death and the vertical and horizontal sympathetic attachments this story inspired: The London Merchant by George Lillo.
In his 1738 adaptation, George Lillo made perfect dramatic sense of the Quarto:
Thus the dramas were not very distinct in tone from the pathetic tragedy of George Lillo, The London Merchant, or The History of George Barnwell, where the audience wallows in sympathy as the hero goes to his death.
1) Lillo's remarks on this scene are made in an advertisement included in the preliminary pages of Gray's fifth edition (cancel title: "Sixth Edition"), as cited in the introduction to The London Merchant in The Dramatic Works of George Lillo, ed.