Poe's chambers of dreams either approximate the circle--which Poe regarded as "the emblem of Eternity"--or they so lack any apprehensible regularity of shape as to suggest the changeableness
and spatial freedom of the dreaming mind (Wilbur 1967: 112-113).
The value of constancy depends on the brain's effectiveness in managing the changeableness
of its inputs, whereas it can only identify a significant change against a background of constancy.
76) 'The changeableness
of the centuries that slide away from us'.
319) The Federalist Papers and the Records of the 1787 Convention are peppered with statements about how the Senate should restrain the "excess of law-making," which Madison and others described as a "disease [ ] to which our governments are most liable," (320) and, in particular, to "check the precipitation, changeableness
, and excesses" of the rabble-rousers in the House.
In spite of their changeableness
, created things manage to imitate unity "because [their] parts correspond and are so joined together as to form one harmonious whole" (90); that is, because they exhibit order.
Coupled with the debates within the poem about how his words and actions are to be interpreted, Fair Welcome's changeableness
participates in the larger debate over the practice of interpretation itself.
However, as Mansfield cautions, it is easy to get the wrong idea about "emptiness"; it does not mean "nothing," but rather it is a reference to changeableness
, to impermanence, and to dependence.
The volatility of what 'prostitute' might mean emerged as her capacity to produce new social spaces expanded, and it appears that no national committee could bring itself to account for this changeableness
, for something that could only be fleetingly seen.