"Shakespeare was the third born to his parents, but the first to survive infancy. Four of his siblings died young. His son, Hamnet, died at eleven and left behind a twin. Plague closed the theaters again and again, death flickering over the landscape. And now in a twilight once more lit by candles, the age of electricity come and gone, Titania turns to face her fairy king. ‘Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, pale in her anger, washes all the air, that rheumatic diseases do abound."