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Written by Mandy N
(9/28/2006 1:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Queen Mab, penned by Barbara
I think Mercutio's speech reminds us Willoughby and Marieanne's intimacy is quite unreal, perhaps dreamlike.
Given the name of the horse 'Queen Mab', the implication appears more than Willoughby giving Marieanne an extravagent gift.
JA was well read and in Classic literture, horses have long been a symbol of male passion. In Greek legends, Poseidon assumed the shape of a horse to induce young women into folly.
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