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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 ladies style themselves out into couples—but no longer prior to 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 reworked into that of a donkey by means of a hobgoblin or “puck,” Robin Goodfellow. eventually, backside and his partners ineptly level the tragedy of “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

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Fifty seven ninety Quince O huge! O unusual! we're haunted. fifty eight Pray masters! Fly masters! aid! exeunt Quince, comfy, Flute, Snout, and Starveling Puck I’ll keep on with you,59 I’ll lead you a couple of around, via bathroom, via bush, via brake, via brier. someday a horse I’ll be, someday a hound, ninety five A hog, a headless endure, someday a fireplace, And neigh, and bark, and grunt, and roar, and burn, Like horse, hound, hog, undergo, fireplace, at each flip. 60 go out Puck backside Why do they run away? this can be a knavery61 of them, to make me afeard. fifty four (satirical: ninny ϭ simpleton, idiot; Ninus ϭ husband of Semiramis and founding father of Nineveh) fifty five may still say in resolution to fifty six are conversing fifty seven (Bottom’s language-mangling: if I have been reasonable ϭ whether it is precise that i'm good-looking; I have been purely thine ϭ i'd nonetheless be in simple terms yours) fifty eight beset through spirits/specters/imaginary beings* fifty nine the 5 fleeing males 60 like HORSE hound HOG endure hearth at EVry flip (this specific scansion is precisely by means of conference: see Raffel, From rigidity to emphasize, xvii–xviii) sixty one trickery, roguery* 60 act three • scene 1 input Snout Snout O backside, thou artwork replaced. What do I see on thee? a hundred backside What do you notice? you notice an asshead of your individual. Do you? go out Snout input Quince Quince Bless thee, backside, bless thee! Thou paintings translated. sixty two go out Quince backside I see their knavery. this can be to make an ass of me, to fright me, in the event that they may possibly. yet i can't stir from this position, do what one zero five they could. i'll stroll up and down right here, and that i will sing, that63 they shall pay attention it's not that i am afraid. sings The ousel64 cock so black of hue, With orange65 tawny invoice, The throstle66 along with his note67 so real, a hundred and ten The wren with little quill68 – Titania ( waking) What angel wakes me from my flow’ry mattress? backside ( making a song) The finch, the sparrow and the lark, The plainsong69 cuckoo grey, a hundred and fifteen sixty two remodeled* sixty three in order that sixty four blackbird sixty five orangelike (bisyllabic) sixty six thrush sixty seven music sixty eight voice/song? feathers, plumage? sixty nine generating basic melodies sixty one act three • scene 1 Whose be aware complete many a guy doth mark,70 And dares now not solution nay – for, certainly, who may set his wit to71 so silly a poultry? Who could supply a chook the lie, notwithstanding he cry “cuckoo”72 a hundred and twenty by no means so? seventy three Titania I pray thee, light mortal, sing back. Mine ear is far enamored of thy word. So is mine eye enthrallèd to thy form, And thy reasonable virtue’s force74 perforce doth flow me a hundred twenty five at the first view to assert, to swear,75 i admire thee. backside Methinks, mistress,76 you will have little explanation for that. And but, to claim the reality, cause and love maintain little corporation jointly these days. The extra the pity, that a few honest77 associates won't make them78 associates. Nay, i will be able to a hundred thirty gleek79 upon party. Titania Thou artwork as clever as thou artwork appealing. backside now not so, neither. but when I had80 wit adequate to get out of this wooden, i've got sufficient to serve mine personal flip. eighty one Titania Out of this wooden don't wish to cross. a hundred thirty five Thou shalt82 stay the following, even if thou wilt or no. 70 observe, notice* seventy one wit to ϭ psychological capability* opposed to seventy two cuckold seventy three so much/often seventy four power, energy, strength seventy five (to swear – and such a lot solemnly – intended greatly greater than it does this present day) seventy six (a kind of tackle, extra like Ma’am or Madam*) seventy seven first rate, honorable* seventy eight (that is, fact, cause, and love) seventy nine play note video games eighty if I had ϭ granted that/even though/as definite as i've got eighty one units, stratagems eighty two needs to sixty two act three • scene 1 i'm a spirit of no universal fee.

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