This accidental betrayal not only contrasts with the willfully treasonous betrayal that Kingsley associates with Catholic equivocators
, but also results in a specific kind of legal mistake, namely a mistake of jurisdiction.
The Equivocator, albeit he has passed stem judgement on the perpetrators, at the end of the play openly appeals to Anne of Denmark and encourages her to give voice to her unrest by embracing Catholicism, the religion to which she has been secretly devoted.
Artist figures abound in McGuinness's plays and include Pyper in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (1985), Dido in Carthaginians (1988), the File, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare in Mutabilitie (1997), Gabriel and Conrad in Gates of Gold (2002), the Equivocator in Speaking like Magpies (2005), and Greta Garbo and Matthew Dover in Greta Garbo Came to Donegal (2010).
After informing the audience of the death of Elizabeth, the Equivocator summons Mary to stand besides Elizabeth's open coffin.
The Equivocator is: guardian angel for the king (p.
What the Equivocator first promised to the audience proves to be right: 'there is no big bang' (p.
The naming of the Equivocator has a historical and literary background.
Faith, here's an equivocator that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven.
McGuinness, taking into account the historical and literary contexts of the word 'equivocator', gives a new meaning to his chorus figure, the Equivocator, who appears in almost all the scenes and is free to talk to anybody in the play whenever he wishes.
QUOTE -- ``I think there are people in this room who will actually go out and stand for the mindless, mediocre equivocators
who put our principles on the back burner while promising that they will achieve everything under the sun.
The Reformers' fear of both Jesuit equivocators
and of James I's equivocal position with regard to Catholics; Protestants' discomfort with how the Reformers' validation of individual spiritual witness emboldened some women to speak in church; even pamphlets which, against the norm, presented "mitigating circumstances" of monstrous births which argued for readers' private interpretations of the events and their "sympathy" (66): these and other early modern cultural trends and phenomena are granted ample and intelligent attention in Marvelous Protestantism.
Subjected as they are to strenuous historicizing, contextualizing, post-structuralist theorizing, ambiguating, and "problematizing," these somewhat slender writings, at once didactic and pleasurable to the common-sense reader, exemplify and embody contradictory "discourses," portray a world suspended uncertainly between fiction and fact or between affirmation and subversion of the established power structures, and reveal their authors as ventriloquists or equivocators
, and sometimes as being more of the devil's party than they know or can acknowledge.