Anonymous

SOMEBODY, AVARICE, AND MINISTER
(Somebody and Others, or the Spoiling of Lady Verity)

1547–1550(?)

a synoptic, alphabetical character list

AVARICE

Avaryce is the main character in the play, the one who weaves the plot. On hearing that Mynyster is tired of serving Veryte, who contrasts his dissolute living, Avaryce brings forth his sister, Symony, and Mynyster agrees readily to follow her. Then, the three despoil Veryte and cast her into a pit.

MINISTER

Mynyster stands for false doctrine. He is an ignorant and greedy priest, who, tired of following Veryte, who contrasts his dissolute living, asks Avaryce for another mistress. Avaryce brings forth his sister, Symony, and Mynyster agrees readily to serve her. Then, the three despoil Veryte and cast her into a pit.

SIMONY

Symony is Avaryce's sister. When Mynister forsakes Veryte, who contrasts his dissolute living, Symony takes Mynister into her service, promising him riches. Then, Symony, Avaryce and Mynister despoil Veryte, and Simony assumes her garments in order to deceive the people and make them follow her.

SOMEBODY

Sombody is, with Veryte, the only positive character in the play. The fragment opens with Mynister cursing Sombody, and Sombody reproaching Mynister for his ignorance. Then Sombody disappears from the play and, later on, he is just mentioned by Mynister, who admits that Sombody is the only person he can not overcome.

VERITY

Veryte stands for Protestant doctrine. As Mynister complains to Avaryce that she contrasts his dissolute conduct, Veryte is replaced by Simony, Avaryce's sister, as Mynister's mistress, and is despoiled and cast into a pit, her garments being assumed by Simony. Veryte, however, foresees her eventual restoration after "many yeres".