By William Shakespeare
From the hilarious mischief of the elf Puck to the tough humor of the self-centered backside and his fellow gamers, from the palace of Theseus in Athens to the magic wooden the place fairies play, Shakespeare’s significant A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of attraction and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.
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Come,134 my Hippolyta: what cheer,135 my love? Demetrius and Egeus, go along,136 I must employ137 you in some business138 Against139 our nuptial, and confer with you Of something nearly that140 concerns yourselves. Egeus With duty141 and desire142 we follow you. 120 125 exeunt all but Lysander and Hermia Lysander How now,143 my love? Why is your cheek so pale? How chance144 the roses there do fade so fast? Hermia Belike145 for want of rain, which I could well 129 scolding 130 provide/furnish with the means 131 moods, inclinations 132 gives, delivers 133 mitigate, lessen 134 (an expression of encouragement, unrelated to the usual meanings of “come”) 135 what cheer ϭ how are you, how do you feel 136 go along ϭ come with/follow me 137 make use of 138 BIziNESS 139 with regard to* 140 nearly that ϭ that particularly/especially 141 submission, respect* 142 pleasure, satisfaction 143 how now ϭ how do you do, how are you (conventional polite greeting) 144 does it happen, come about 145 probably, possibly, perhaps* 11 130 act 1 • scene 1 Beteem146 them from the tempest147 of my eyes.
239 more than (o’er: over) 240 some . . some ϭ some people . . other people 241 will not know ϭ (1) refuses/does not want to know, (2) (future tense) 242 except 243 so do 244 admiring of ϭ wondering/marveling at 245 character, nature 246 base and vile ϭ of little value and little appreciated/paltry 247 holding no quantity ϭ (1) having/containing no duration, (2) out of proportion 248 change, transform, convert 249 form and dignity ϭ beauty and worth/excellence/honor 250 painted blind ϭ represented in drawings/paintings as being blind 251 a sense/feeling 252 ﬁgure unheedy ϭ portray/represent inattentive/reckless 253 mischievous 254 sport, fun, amusement* 255 themselves forswear ϭ tell lies, swear falsely (themselves: here a reﬂexive syntactical marker) 256 breaks oaths, commits perjury 18 act 1 • scene 1 For ere Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eyne, He hailed257 down oaths that he was only mine.
I will roar you an ’twere55 any nightingale. 75 Quince You can play no part but Pyramus. For Pyramus is a sweet-faced man, a proper man as56 one shall see in a summer’s day, a most lovely57 gentleman-like man. Therefore you must needs58 play Pyramus. Bottom Well, I will undertake it. What beard59 were I best to play it in? 80 Quince Why, what you will. Bottom I will discharge60 it in either your61 straw color beard, your orange tawny62 beard, your purple in grain63 beard, or your French crown color64 beard, your perfect65 yellow.