A Midsummer Night's Dream


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Act I
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Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Quince, Flute, Snout, and Starveling


QUINCE

Have you sent to Bottom's house? Is he come

home yet?


STARVELING

He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is

transported.
transported (adj.) carried off, taken away


FLUTE

If he come not, then the play is marred. It goes not

forward. Doth it?


QUINCE

It is not possible. You have not a man in all

Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.
discharge (v.) 2 play, perform, execute


FLUTE

No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

man in Athens.


QUINCE

Yea and the best person, too; and he is a very
person (n.) 1 fine figure, personality

paramour for a sweet voice.
paramour (n.) 2 malapropism for ‘paragon’


FLUTE

You must say ‘ paragon.’ A paramour is – God bless

us – a thing of naught.
naught, nought (n.) 2 wickedness, immorality, sinfulness

Enter Snug the joiner


SNUG

Masters, the Duke is coming from the temple, and

there is two or three lords and ladies more married. If

our sport had gone forward, we had all been made men.
made (adj.) 2 with success assured, with fortune made
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count


FLUTE

O, sweet Bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence
bully (n./adj.) [especially as a warm form of address] fine fellow, good friend See Topics: Address forms

a day during his life. He could not have scaped sixpence
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

a day. An the Duke had not given him sixpence a day for

playing Pyramus, I'll be hanged. He would have deserved

it. Sixpence a day in Pyramus, or nothing.

Enter Bottom
heart (n.) 6 (plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions


BOTTOM

Where are these lads? Where are these hearts?


QUINCE

Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy

hour!


BOTTOM

Masters, I am to discourse wonders – but ask
discourse (v.) 2 relate, talk about, recount

me not what; for if I tell you, I am not true Athenian. – I

will tell you everything, right as it fell out!
right (adv.) 2 just, precisely


QUINCE

Let us hear, sweet Bottom!


BOTTOM

Not a word of me! All that I will tell you is – that

the Duke hath dined. Get your apparel together, good
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

strings to your beards, new ribbons to your pumps.

Meet presently at the palace. Every man look o'er his
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

part. For the short and the long is, our play is preferred.
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend

In any case, let Thisbe have clean linen; and let not him

that plays the lion pare his nails, for they shall hang out

for the lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions

nor garlic; for we are to utter sweet breath, and I do
utter (v.) 1 emit, exhale, discharge

not doubt but to hear them say it is a sweet comedy. No

more words. Away – go, away!

Exeunt Bottom and his fellows

 
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