The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1253. Tuesday, 23 December 1997.
Date: Monday, 22 Dec 1997 14:28:37 -0500
Subject: The inconstant moon
Swear not to the goddess of chastity. What a thought provoking idea!
While the text immediately supplies a workable answer to the meaning of
the line, (do not be as changeable as the moon), perhaps the other
meaning, re Diana, was on Bill's mind simultaneously. This may or may
not have been conscious on his part, for myth has a way of working
subversively. It is, after all, such stuff as dreams are made of. I
believe the balcony scene is meant to shock in any case. A good
Christian girl addressing the "god of her idolatry" is weighty stuff.
When that line is hit the right way, it can have tremendous power.
Regards to all,