The well is symbolic of the female WOMB, as they are passages into MOTHER EARTH; they are often holy, and frequently appear in FAIRY TALES and dreams as places of penetration into the unknown worlds of the unconscious, of what is hidden and, in everyday life, inaccessible; wells are associated with the symbolic notions of the cleansing bath, drinking from the sources of life, and quenching our thirst for higher
knowledge (Biederman, 378). A closed well is a mark of virginity, and a stream leading into a well is a symbol of the union of male and female.

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