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Coke's actual statement on this point is as follows: "Hereby it appeareth, that justice must have three qualities, it must be libera, quia nihil iniquius venali justitia; plena, quia justitia non debet claudicare; et celeris, quia dilatio est quaedam negatio; and then it is both justice and right.
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.
Contentio dominates in youth, adnominatio in middle age, dilatio in age.