The Baptism Characters

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Boy

The Boy is described in the play's list of characters as handsome and about fifteen years old, with a "martyr-like shyness." He appears at the church as an innocent, asking the Minister to baptize him, but then admits to having sinned. The Homosexual is sexually interested in the Boy, and he and the Minister struggle for the Boy's attentions. The Boy begins the play with a timid manner, but by the play's end he is convinced that he is "the Son of Man" and "the Christ."

Messenger

The Messenger rides a motorcycle into the church to pick up the Boy and take him away. He serves as a sort of deus ex machina - an improbable character suddenly introduced into the plot of a play, who extricates another character from a difficult situation. According to the list of characters, the Messenger is a gaunt Spaniard or looks like...

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