The Spanish Tragedy | Study Guide

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The Spanish Tragedy | Act 3, Scene 3 | Summary



In Saint Luigi's Park at eight o'clock that night, Pedringano enters with a pistol in hand, calling on both the weapon and Fortune to not fail him now. Three watchmen enter, somewhat concerned that the king has ordered them to patrol the park so close to the king's brother's house. Serberine waits, probably hiding in the shadows until they pass by. When they are gone, Pedringano steps out, telling himself to be of good courage and get the murder over with. Confronting Serberine, Pedringano shoots him, but before he can escape, the watchmen, hearing the shot, reenter. It doesn't take them long to find the dead man and capture Pedringano. Although he struggles and blusters angrily, the watchmen are determined to take both the body and murderer to Hieronimo's house.


To patrol and guard are legally defined as the duties of a watchman; however, they also know that the Duke of Castile had his own guards and security measures in place in his own house near the park. Serberine seems unaware of the cardinal rule of conspirators is that the fewer of them that survive the crime, the greater the likelihood is that the secret can be kept—a point which Pedringano himself will soon realize.

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