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By William Shakespeare

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare phases the workings of affection. Theseus and Hippolyta, approximately to marry, are figures from mythology. within the woods outdoor Theseus’s Athens, younger males and younger women variety themselves out into couples—but now not earlier than they shape first one love triangle, after which another.

Also within the woods, the king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, conflict over custody of an orphan boy; Oberon makes use of magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named backside, whose head is briefly remodeled into that of a donkey via a hobgoblin or “puck,” Robin Goodfellow. eventually, backside and his partners ineptly degree the tragedy of “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

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Four It is going now not forward,5 doth it? Quince it's not attainable. you haven't a guy in all Athens in a position to discharge6 Pyramus yet he. Flute No, he hath easily the easiest wit of any handicraft 10 man7 in Athens. Quince Yea, and the simplest person,8 too, and he's a truly paramour9 for a candy voice. Flute you want to say paragon. 10 A paramour is, God bless us, a specific thing of naught. eleven input comfy, the woodworker 15 comfy Masters, the Duke is coming from the temple, and there 1 a message/messenger 2 can't be heard of ϭ not anything will be learned/there is not any word/information approximately him three is transported ϭ has been carried off (presumably via the fairies) four spoiled, lifeless five forward 6 practice, acquit oneself of 7 handicraft guy ϭ artisan, expert workman eight visual appeal, determine, physique nine illicit/secret lover (a mangling that Quince swiftly corrects) 10 model/pattern of excellence eleven wickedness, evil, ethical fallacious 108 act four • scene 2 is 2 or 3 lords and women more12 married. If our recreation had long past ahead, we had all been made males. thirteen Flute O candy bully backside! therefore hath he misplaced sixpence an afternoon in the course of his existence. 14 He couldn't have ’scaped15 sixpence an afternoon. And16 the Duke had no longer given him sixpence an afternoon for taking part in 20 Pyramus, I’ll be hanged. 17 He could have deserved it. Sixpence an afternoon in 18 Pyramus, or not anything. 19 input backside backside the place are those lads? 20 the place are those hearts? 21 Quince backside! O so much courageous22 day! O such a lot chuffed hour! backside Masters, i'm to discourse23 wonders. yet question me now not 25 what. For if I inform you, i'm no real Athenian. I will24 let you know every little thing correct because it fell out. Quince allow us to listen, candy backside. backside no longer a notice of 25 me. All that i'll let you know is, that the 12 additionally thirteen made males ϭ males of guaranteed success/prosperity 14 (that is, a pension will be given him as a gift: via the salary scales of the time, sixpence consistent with day is approximately two times what almost all these males on a regular basis earned) 15 shunned sixteen if 17 I’ll be hanged ϭ I’ll be damned 18 sixpence an afternoon in Pyramus ϭ there is/ought to be sixpence an afternoon in enjoying Pyramus 19 (Flute’s offended, insistent vehemence means that he could have been consuming, specially due to the fact that at this aspect, with backside it seems that unavailable, the chance is that not anything should be got for taking part in Pyramus) 20 fellows 21 spirited/courageous fellows 22 courageous, best 23 i'm to discourse ϭ i'm going to speak/narrate/tell (verb) 24 will sooner or later 25 from 109 act four • scene 2 30 Duke hath dined. 26 Get your apparel27 jointly, sturdy strings to28 your beards, new ribbons in your pumps,29 meet presently30 on the palace, each guy glance o’er his half. For the quick and the lengthy is, our play is most well-liked. 31 at the least, permit Thisbe have fresh linen,32 and enable now not him that performs the lion 35 pare33 his nails, for they shall34 hang around for the lion’s claws. And most respected actors, consume no onions nor garlic. For we're to utter candy breath. and that i don't doubt yet to listen to them say, it's a candy comedy. not more phrases.

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