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Only in the first Quarto of (1602) and in that of (1609) can the stage direction “aside” be found. Nevertheless it is abundantly present in modern editions of Shakespearean plays, starting from Shakespeare’s first editors in the eighteenth century. Scholars have defined various categories for this particular theatrical convention (monological, and dialogical), among which this article investigates the dialogical aside and the pragmatic strategies it involves, when dialogue becomes circumspect, so as not to be caught by other onstage bystanders. Following the results of a preliminary quantitative search, the plays analysed in detail are , , and .


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