Récits are a standard feature in the classical theater, commonly used to bring information to an onstage universe which is limited by the unities of time and place. Action which occurs before the opening of the play finds its natural expression, given the convention of beginning the play in medias res, in narrative form. These are the récits of exposition. Bajazet is unusually rich in such récits: Acomat recounts Amurat's actions, Bajazet's youth, Acomat's own past, and how Roxane came to be able to see Bajazet (I, i, ll. 115-42, 145-56); and Atalide explains how she and Bajazet fell in love and how they have tricked Roxane in order to see each other (I, iv, ll. 357-88).
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Ekstein, N. (1984). Narrative reliability and spatial limitations in Bajazet. Neophilologus, 68, 498-503. doi: 10.1007/BF00312654