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An older term for the plot of a play or story, or for its most complicated portion. In another sense closer to modern usage, the term may also refer to the secret scheme (‘plot’ in the other sense, as conspiracy) that one character or group of characters devises in order to outwit others. Much European comedy of the 17th century is based on complex plots about plotters, and is sometimes called the comedy of intrigue, especially where intricacy of plot overshadows the development of character or of satiric theme.

Subjects: Literature.

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