Plot in A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

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"virtuous men pass mildly away,..."   (A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning)

Donne begins by describing a group of people crowded around a virtuous man on his deathbed debating whether or not the breath they witness is his last. This situates the reader in an earthly world in which all participants are extremely concerned with the body.