In The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimilie
Library of Essential Works, Part 1: Printed Writings, 1500-1640.
Daniel Poteet II argues that deliberate anachronism emphasizes the similarities in the human condition undercutting the significance of "passing time" and helping to create a "reasonable facsimilie
of timeless eternity" ("Time, Eternity, and Dramatic Form in Ludus Coventriae `Passion Play I,'" Comparative Drama 8 [1974-75]: 369-85).
No, this was not the occasional brief power loss remembered from childhood, when Dad would curse (or, rather, a reasonable facsimilie
of curse) the flashlight that never seemed to work when needed, while Mom quietly got out the candles.