In act 1, scene 1, Sampson and Gregory, Capulet servants, speak to each other during the fight in the streets of Verona (Sampson: "<Aside to Gregory> Is the law of our side, if I say aye?" Gregory: "<Aside to Sampson> Say "Better." Here comes one of my master"s kinsmen.") Look at another example in act 4, scene 1, as Friar Laurence expresses his thoughts amid Paris questioning the need to marry Juliet in haste: "Friar Laurence <Aside> I would I knew not why it should be slowed."


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For audiences, asides are enjoyable as the player speaks to them indirectly on or near an edge of the stage, thus drawing the audience into his/her thoughts and the action. In comedies they are especially delightful, and one can easily imagine how much the groundlings enjoyed them. These asides, spoken in...


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For audiences, asides are enjoyable as the player speaks to them indirectly on or near an edge of the stage, thus drawing the audience into his/her thoughts and the action. In comedies they are especially delightful, and one can easily imagine how much the groundlings enjoyed them. These asides, spoken in an undertone by the characters, allow the audience to know the true feelings and thoughts of these characters rather than the pretense of feeling that they make to others in the scene with them. 

In Romeo and Juliet, as in other Shakespearean plays, asides are indicated in italics and enclosed in brackets: