The Spanish Tragedy | Study Guide

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The Spanish Tragedy | Act 3, Scene 9 | Summary



At Lorenzo's home, Bel-Imperia is in her apartment at her window lamenting her treatment at the hands of her brother and wondering why it is taking Hieronimo so long to act since dropping the letter at his feet. Her distress is interrupted when the servant Christophil comes in to escort her out.


This scene mirrors the previous one; both Bel-Imperia and Isabella as women are powerless to do anything about the murder of Horatio: Women have neither the strength of arms to exact vengeance, nor the credibility with which to appear in a court of law and give testimony. A man is going to have to act on their behalf, and the only one now who can do that is Hieronimo.

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