Mary is the mother of Christ. Like the Angel, Mary reveals the significance of Christ’s birth to the shepherds. She tells Coll, Gyb, and Daw that they are redeemed and urges them to tell others about what they’ve experienced in Bethlehem. Mary is the most overly pedagogical character in the play, as she reinforces the play’s purpose of teaching religious lessons to a lay audience.
Mary Quotes in The Second Shepherd’s Play
The The Second Shepherd’s Play quotes below are all either spoken by Mary or refer to Mary. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Branden Books edition of The Second Shepherd’s Play published in 2011.).
Scene 6 Quotes
Mary Character Timeline in The Second Shepherd’s Play
The timeline below shows where the character Mary appears in The Second Shepherd’s Play. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.