from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The characters in a play or story.
- n.pl. A list of the characters in a play or story.
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- n. A list of characters in a play, usually arranged in order of first appearance.
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- n. the actors in a play
You are very dramatic too; nothing wanting in the stage-direct'ns, in the pretty little indicat'ns: a very pretty stage and dramatis personae altogeth'r.
Go into an alehouse in the evening and, beside the pretty barmaid, who deserves consideration as much for her good behavior as for her looks, you will see plainly enough where Dickens obtained his dramatis personae for “Barnaby Rudge” and “The Old Curiosity Shop.”
These aim at the inculcation of ethical truths and the dramatis personae are abstract personifications, such as Virtue, Justice, the
The dramatis personae are Chopin, John Peter Pixis, and Francilla Pixis, a beautiful girl of sixteen, a German orphan whom the pianist-composer, then a man of about forty-three, had adopted, and who afterwards became known as a much-admired singer.
But that is the strength of his small but immaculate novel: to illumine a historical development in narration — in characterization also — by revealing the dramatis personae of Hamlet as a film might do — one image in time and place superimposed upon another.