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Is it simply that history repeats itself endlessly: that, as Chaucer observed, `Ther is no newe gyse that is nas old'?
In Mankind, Myscheff serves as a sort of master of the Vices' ceremonies, with Nought, Nowadays, and New Gyse comprising a virtual guild of Vices.
A similar device is found in Mankind 457-74, where the vices New Gyse, Nowadays, and Nought tell the audience they will not be able to see the devil Titivillus unless they contribute money; and Poverty in Skelton's Magnyfycence may have taken up a collection of money or food from the audience (see Neuse, Magnyfycence, 43-44).