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a. a speech, usually in verse, addressed to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
b. the actor speaking this
2. a short postscript to any literary work, such as a brief description of the fates of the characters in a novel



(1) In drama, an address to the audience at the end of a work, containing, for example, a moral or a request for the audience’s indulgence.

(2) In novels, novellas, and poems of modern times, a narrative about the fate of the characters, usually several years after the events in the denouement. Less often, an epilogue discusses moral, philosophical, or aesthetic aspects of the work, as in L. N. Tolstoy’s War and Peace, or gives some information about the author, as in A. S. Pushkin’s The Fountain of Bakhchisarai.

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Already Epilogue has gotten good reviews in the media.
Both the prologue and epilogue spoken by Marshall exist among the compilation for the all-female revival of Philaster by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher in June 1672.
In this article I will offer a new interpretation of Pushkin's epilogue and its relationship to the remainder of the poem.
Of course, Suriano has no problem in chapter six in relating the notice of the successor, the final element of the epilogues, to his theory.
Both Shapiro and Hattaway do an important service in highlighting the complex relationship between monarch, prayer and epilogue, that is to be found scattered throughout printed plays up to at least 1619 when Two Wise Men and All the Rest Fools had an epilogue that maintains "all our hearts pray for the King, and his families enduring happinesse, and our countries perpetuall welfare" (O2v).
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He accepted that more people switched off the Epilogue than watched it but argued that it helped many viewers, particularly the elderly, to cope with their anxieties.
Jonathan Bate, co-editor of the latest complete works, said: "When plays were put on at court, it was a requirement there should be a prologue and an epilogue for the occasion.
In the epilogue in the paperback edition, Murtagh speaks of how, "after being upgraded from visitor to one-of-the-boys status, my place in the local hierarchy was low.
In light of the way she lays out the politics over sexuality, the Epilogue is worth considering.
It's been revised to offer several new elements, from a general introduction to an epilogue on ancient magic's appearance in early Christian and Byzantine eras.
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