denouement

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denouement

, d?nouement
Theatre
a. the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work
b. the point at which this occurs
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D'Artagnan, whose mind was never more fertile in resources than in critical emergencies, swore again that he would try all conceivable means to prevent the denouement of the bloody tragedy.
Had not my mind been so full of Polina, I should have given myself up to the comical piquancy of the impending denouement, and laughed my fill at it.
Several other passengers had drawn toward the scene of the altercation, and all awaited the denouement.
Nevertheless, one or two of the most excellent women I have ever known, have been French governesses, though I do not choose to reveal what this particular individual of the class turned out to be in the end, until the moment for the denouement of her character shall regularly arrive.