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This accords well with my own Derridian reading of the comedia in general as employing dilatio, or delay, to enhance suspense and postpone or defer the resolution of a moral case (caso) in Conscience on Stage.
Building on Patricia Parker's famous formulation that the mode of romance is crucially related to the rhetorical concept of dilatio, or opening of a text, Wroth's lengthy narrative confronts early modern anxieties about production and excess of the female body.