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confidant


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A minor or secondary character in a play (or other literary work), in whom the protagonist confides, revealing his or her state of mind in dialogue rather than in soliloquies. Commonly the trusted servant of the leading lady in drama has the role of confidante: Charmian, for example, in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. See also ficelle, soubrette.

Subjects: Literature — Theatre.


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