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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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An Epilogue is followed by the final section in the form of a valuable glossary and bibliography.