Why does Quince decide to have Starveling carry a thornbush in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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In Act 3, sc. 1, the craftsmen are practicing their play in the woods.  Quince points out that one of their difficulties will be creating moonlight, since according to the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, the two lovers meet by moonlight.  When Quince looks at a calendar, he sees that the night of the performance, there will be moonlight, but there's still a problem because the performance will be indoors.  Bottom says to leave open a window to let the moonlight come in.  Quince says either that, or they could have someone play Moonlight and carry a thornbush because according to legend, in the moon there is a man who walks about carrying a bundle of sticks and a lantern.  In Quince's mind, if Starveling comes on stage with the thornbush, which would be like a bundle of sticks, and a lantern, people will understand that he is the moonlight.

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