a form of metaphor in which abstract ideas or principles are represented as concrete - as characters, figures, or events. In Everyman, for example, abstract ideas like good deeds and strength are represented as people named Good Deeds and Strength.
book of count
literally is a "book of account": the same as a book of reckoning
book of reckoning
see "reckoning": the "book of reckoning" is the book in which, in Christian doctrine, all a person's sins and good deeds are recorded
in medieval English, not the same as the modern version: it is a more general term meaning "member of the same family"
(medieval English) fear
(medieval English) glad
desert, leave behind, run away from
a character in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God even when tested with severe hardship and misfortune
(in medieval English) kindred, family, blood relations
(medieval English) alive
"reckoning" means literally "counting up", but colloquially, a "day of reckoning" is the time when man will be judged by God, and all his actions and behaviour taken into account
(medieval English) riches, wealth
in the words of Augustus of Hippo, "a visible sign of an invisible reality". A sacrament is a manifestation of God's presence in a concrete form - most typically, in the way that Christians believe Jesus to be physically present in the Communion bread and wine.
an inn keeper, pub owner or tavern keeper
nervous, frightened, shy
a long consideration of a certain subject in depth
(medieval English) undutiful
Everyman: Morality Play Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Everyman: Morality Play is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
These guys are like bookends to a frame story. The Messenger has no role within the story of the play itself, but simply speaks the prologue outlining what the play will be like. The doctor is as well a generic character who only appears to speak...