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MAB (mab)

A fairy queen said to create and control men's dreams
Common clues:
Fairy queen; Queen of the fairies; Shelley queen; Fairy queen of folklore; Fairy queen, in Shakespeare; Queen of dreams
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 39675 / 86800
Romeo and Juliet – Queen Mab Speech

Queen Mab as portrayed by Miranda Richardson in NBC's Merlin

Queen Mab is a fairy referred to in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. She also appears in other 17th century literature, and in various guises in later poetry, drama and cinema. In the play her activity is described in a famous speech by Mercutio written originally in prose and often adapted into iambic pentameter, in which she is described as a miniature creature who drives her chariot into the noses and into the brains of sleeping people to compel them to experience dreams of wish-fulfillment. She would also bring the plague in some occasions. She is also described as a midwife to help sleepers 'give birth' to their dreams.

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