What should this mean?

I appreciate the use of “should” rather than “does.” “Does” has a definitiveness that does not always accurately reflect what meaning is.
When I teach Shakespeare, students constantly ask, “What does this mean?”
I am not wont to tell them – in part, for pedagogical reasons, in part, because there are often multiple meanings to be found once one goes looking for meaning. Maybe even more than “should,” I might go with “could.” There’s enough space in “could” for multiple meanings.


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