- Dear Jeff,
- I'm currently directing Shakespeare's 'The Tempest',
and one of Prospero's lines struck me to the quick, as it were.
- Listen to this: Act 5, Scene 1:
- Prospero draws his magic circle and addresses his speech
to his spirits and power. He says, "You demi-puppets that/By moonshine
do the green sour ringlets make/Whereof the ewe not bites."
- All my research r.e. this line concludes that 'fairies'
(intersting that he uses the term demi-puppets) used to dance around green
grassy places, and flatten the grass into little circles. The sheep and
cattle were terrified to graze upon this grass. Interesting?