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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Romeo and Juliet, 3.5.20: "'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow"


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Act 3, Scene 5, line 20.
reflex: reflection. Cynthia's: the moon's. In Shakespeare's time, "Cynthia" was one of the names given to the moon goddess who presided over chastity, childbirth, and the hunt. She was often depicted with a bow, bent like the crescent moon, so perhaps the word "brow" should be "bow."