John Nixon

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Forbidden Love

The Matrimonial Moiety of Juliet Capulet

On 16th January 2010, the Artwiculate Word of the Day was Moiety. If a society is divided into exactly two descent groups, each is called a moiety, after the French word for half. If the two halves are each obliged to marry out, and into the other, these are called matrimonial moieties. How would the story of Romeo and Juliet work in a moiety society? Watch this space, @artwiculate! In Verona, society is divided between two moieties, the Capulets and the Montagues. Juliet is the most nubile daughter of the Capulet Moiety Juliet Capulet is betrothed to Romeo Montague in accordance with the rules of the moiety, but will societal chains bind true love? At a ball to celebrate her … More…