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date: 08 March 2021

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This article analyzes the play, Lusty Juventus. The play fuses a traditional morality structure with a specifically mid-sixteenth-century setting. Its protagonist, the eponymous Lusty Juventus (Youth), appears in a ‘fallen’ condition, given over entirely to play and pastime. An encounter with Good Counsel shows him the error of his ways, but as soon as he has declared his intention never to depart from Counsel's company (nor, implicitly, from his teaching), the Devil appears and commands his son Hypocrisy to befriend and corrupt Juventus. Hypocrisy does so with relish, introducing Juventus to dicing, gaming, swearing, and to the whore Abominable Living — but despite Juventus' delight in this new company, a second encounter with Good Counsel brings about his renewed repentance. The interlude ends with a sermon on God's grace by the aptly named God's Promises, and with a prayer for the King and his council.

Keywords: Tudor theatre, plays, Tudor interludes, morality, mid-sixteenth century

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