The Spanish Tragedy | Study Guide

Thomas Kyd

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The Spanish Tragedy | Act 3, Scene 5 | Summary



At an undetermined location somewhere between Lorenzo's house and the prison, the page with the box in hand stops and opens it to see that it is empty. He briefly debates whether or not to carry out the deception, but concludes that if he doesn't, although he feels sorry for Pedringano, it is certain he would be killed for disobeying his lord Lorenzo. Besides, if his life isn't on the line, the page estimates he will be entertained by pointing at the empty box so that Pedringano will put on a show of mockery.


Kyd makes reference in this scene to Pandora's box. The page compares himself to women, who, like lowly servants such as himself, often have too much idle time on their hands and are prone to allow curiosity to get the better of them when confronted with a mystery or secret.

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