Rhyme, when usedRhyme. Rhyme was often used as an effective termination at the end of the scene. When the scenery was not changed, or the arrangements were so defective that the change was not easily perceptible, it was, perhaps, additionally desirable to mark that a scene was finished. The rhyme in T. N. ii. 2. 32 is perhaps a token that the scene once concluded with these lines, and that the nine lines that follow are a later addition. Rhyme was also sometimes used in the same conventional way, to mark an aside, which otherwise the audience might have great difficulty in knowing to be an aside. Thus, in a scene where there are no other rhyming lines, Queen Margaret is evidently intended to utter Rich. III. iv. 4. 16, 17; 20, 21, as asides, though there is no notice of it. One of the lines even rhymes with the line of another speaker: “Q. Eliz. When didst thou sleep, when such a deed was
Q. Marg. When holy Harry died, and my sweet son.” Rich. III. iv. 4. 24, 25. Queen Margaret does not show herself till line 35, as also in Rich. III. i. 3. till line 157, though in the latter scene the asides do not rhyme.