"As who should say: it is the nightingale and not the lark. For if it is the lark, our night of love is at an end"

    A paraphrasing of Juliet's lines from Act III Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1590s), confusing day with night as she urges her lover to stay longer than is safe:

Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day:  

It was the nightingale, and not the lark,         

That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear;  


   By casting the conscious and unconscious aspects of a sleeper's mind in the twin roles of Shakespeare's young lovers, Freud suggests that the wish-fulfilling fantasies of dreams allow us to indulge in an ongoing love affair with ourselves (See note to page 149).


Online text of the play at MaximumEdge.com