Aposiopesis is a forme of speech by which the Orator through some affection, as either of feare, anger, sorrow, bashfulnesse or such like, breaketh off his speech before it be all ended.
An example of Poetry: How doth the childe Ascanius, whom tymely Troy to thee: breaking off by the interruption of sorrow.
Another: I am loth to utter that with my mouth which is now in my minde, staying from further provocation.
Modesty bids me stay, here bashfulnesse is the cause of silence.
The use of this figure.
To restrain vehement speech.
The use of this forme of speech serveth either to stay the vehemency of our immoderate affections, proceeding to some excesse
or outrage, or to signifie by the halfe what the whole meaneth, that is, to raise a sufficient suspicion without danger of the adversary, & it is not unlike to a truce in war, or sounding to the retreat.
If the sentence be broken off too soone, it leaveth the sense most uncertaine: contrariwise, if it be continued too long, it maketh
that manifest that should be secrete and shadowed with silence. If it be used in malice, it commonly leaveth the venome of some false suspicion behind it, all which faultes are in wisedome and
charity to be eschewed.