The role of "Senex" in Kyd's 'The Spanish Tragedy'
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In the edition of The Spanish Tragedy prepared by Philip Edwards for the Revels Plays series, Act III, Scene xiii introduces a new character into the play who is called an "Old Man" when he is first referred to in the stage direction after line 50: "Enter three Citizens and an Old Man". But, somewhat surprisingly, afterwards he is styled "Senex" and "Bazulto". Edwards sees the variations as likely to be authorial, and in this I agree with him. But I think we may well ponder why they occur.
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