Study Guide

Henry VIII Epilogue

By William Shakespeare

Epilogue

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  • We're back where we started, with one figure coming out on stage, talking to us. Let's call this one the Epilogue.
  • The character tells us that the play probably didn't please everyone. A couple people dozed off and were only woken up when the trumpets sounded.
  • Even though the Epilogue is happy to bag on the play, the women are to be left alone: the figure tells us that the women in the play are good.
  • So, as long as the ladies in the audience clap for the women in the play, the men will join in, too.
  • That's it.
  • No, really.