Must a short quotation from a play be set off as an extract?

No. When the dialogue incorporated is very brief or partial, you may elect to run the quotation into your text, as shown in the example below:

When Regan asks Lear, “What need one?,” he responds in exasperation, “O, reason not the need!” (Shakespeare 2.4.263-64).

Work Cited

Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of King LearThe Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore Evans, Houghton Mifflin, 1974, pp. 1249-1305.

Published 1 January 2020

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