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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
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(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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'In a book, the epilogue is the culmination of a character's journey and that's what Epilogue is.
In fact, nothing in the play's epilogue supplies incontrovertible proof that it was originally written for The Humorous Magistrate}5 The bleak message of the deterioration of kingship in the epilogue may fit well, however, with the growing discord between the king and parliament in the late 1630s, the time of the writing of the Arbury The Humorous Magistrate.
It was not infrequent in the Restoration theatre that popular actors should, when speaking a prologue or epilogue, or even acting their parts in the play, make a reference to a character which they had played previously, and which the audience would be able to associate with them.
The "Epilogue: The Double Bar" is a summation of his thoughts on being a musician.
In a powerful and moving epilogue of his own, Weimann opens up the book to issues involving contemporary literary and performance theory: he clearly wants to "revitalize a legacy" of doubleness that is not hopelessly divided between text and performance in a "traditional" sense or between signifier and the world in a "deconstrucrionist" sense: "The rupture cannot be denied; and yet there is a linkage behind the dislinkage allowing for separate and sometimes incompatible practices to convolve and communicate" (248).
To close with an Indian voice, the epilogue uses the early-nineteenth century writings of Pequot Indian William Apess to give a critical overview of how Europeans claimed for themselves an "American" identity and history.
In a short epilogue, the authors discuss the whole notion of value, and contend that the fundamental challenge facing corporations today is to create "new systems of information, measurement and reporting that properly identify what creates value." As they rightly note, "much remains to be done."
("I live by insisting on my hatreds," proclaims the vibrant voice of Joan Larkin in "Housework.") For it's hard to think of what straight writer could pen a poem like Jeffrey Conway's wonderfully camp "Marlo Thomas in Seven Parts and Epilogue," merging AIDS pathos and pop culture in a kind of brushstroke autobiography.
The book is organized in two parts with a prologue and epilogue. In the prologue, Pool discusses the distinguishing characteristics of creeds and confessions noting that creedalism is a threat to Baptists who have a confessional heritage.
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"Cuba, whatever she will be, no longer takes the measure of herself from Castro," she concludes in the epilogue. "A generation with designs of its own is replacing both antagonistic exiles and supporters of his fading regime." Now if only American writers could begin to write about Cuba with more subtlety.
epilogue or epilogGreek epilogosconcluding part of a speech or play, a derivative of epilegein to say in addition