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In the Moralities the majority of the characters are of this sort--though not to the exclusion of supernatural persons such as God and the Devil--and the hero is generally a type-figure standing for all Mankind.
In the Interludes the realism of the Moralities became still more pronounced, so that the typical Interlude is nothing more than a coarse farce, with no pretense at religious or ethical meaning.
Vice, a rogue who sums up in himself all the Vices of the older Moralities and serves as the buffoon.
The various dramatic forms from the tenth century to the middle of the sixteenth at which we have thus hastily glanced--folk-plays, mummings and disguisings, secular pageants, Mystery plays, Moralities, and Interludes--have little but a historical importance.
A LITTLE later than the Miracle and Mystery plays came another sort of play called the Moralities.
The very first of our Moralities seems to have been a play of the Lord's Prayer.
Yet it is the best of all the Moralities which have come down to us, and may have been translated into English about 1480.
It was true that they prattled sweet little ideals and dear little moralities, but in spite of their prattle the dominant key of the life they lived was materialistic.
You have lulled your conscience to sleep with prattle of sweet ideals and dear moralities.