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01-13-2005, 03:31 PM
hey guys! im sorry that this is sooo off topic but you guys are the only people that i can turn to. anyways if anyone could post what he murcutio means in this passage of Romeo and Juliet i would be very greatful!!
O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies' midwife; and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep:
Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners' legs;
The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;
The traces, of the smallest spider's web;
The collars, of the moonshine's watery beams;
Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film;
Her waggoner, a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm
*****'d from the lazy finger of a maid:
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut,
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love;
O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight;
O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees;
O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream,--
Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are:
Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit;
And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail,
Tickling a parson's nose as 'a lies asleep,
Then dreams he of another benefice:
Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes;
And, being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two,
And sleeps again. This is that very Mab
That plats the manes of horses in the night;
And bakes the elf-locks in foul ****tish hairs,
Which, once untangled, much misfortune bodes:
This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
That presses them, and learns them first to bear,
Making them women of good carriage:
This is she,--

01-13-2005, 04:32 PM
please anyone?

01-13-2005, 04:43 PM
I am some what of an expert on the works of Shakespere. Unfortunatly I am also on extreamly lazy person to the extend that I would recomend that you post this on this site http://killdevilhill.com/shakespearechat/wwwboard.html they can explain it to you better then I.

01-13-2005, 04:46 PM
CliffNotes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

01-13-2005, 05:20 PM
thanks Tary! but i am affraid that i still cannot find the passage i was looking for.

01-13-2005, 05:49 PM
Post the same post you posted here, there. They will explain it to you. They have helped me out with a few questions I had about Henry V.

01-13-2005, 06:20 PM
okay cool!!!

01-13-2005, 08:50 PM
Heh, I don't know if you need this anymore, but basically Romeo was mentioning something about love. Mercutio was saying how it was all a dream. "Queen Mab" is a fairy that sends dreams to a person. So that whole speech is just Mercutio's highly imaginative way of describing how Queen Mab goes about giving people dreams.

Kinda long, but hope this helps! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

01-13-2005, 09:42 PM
Queen Mab is a person that inserts dreams into people's mind. In this case, Queen Mab made Romeo in love. He tries to explain that Romeo isn't in love by explaining how this Queen Mab goes around. It even goes to the extent of death. I like this topic, it was fun reading this in school.

01-14-2005, 04:09 AM
WOW! thanks guys for your help on this! i think now i can do my homework.

01-15-2005, 11:09 PM
I'm so glad I didn't take a Shakespeare class back in HighSchool.
I personally don't think Shakespeare can be completely understood - everything is metaphorical and open to interpretation.
Ever tried performing Shakespeare? Oh, LORDY LORD.
But don't listen to me. Go to that site.
You have to admit, though, that The Bard had a way with words, no matter how obscure. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif