A Midsummer Night's Dream

Act I
scene III
Act II
scene III
Act IV
scene III
Act V
scene I
First folio
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Enter Quince, Flute, Thisbie, Snout, and Starueling.Enter Quince, Flute, Snout, and Starveling MND IV.ii.1
Haue you sent to Bottomes house? Is he comeHave you sent to Bottom's house? Is he come MND IV.ii.1
home yet?home yet? MND IV.ii.2
He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt hee isHe cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is MND IV.ii.3
transported.transported.transported (adj.)
carried off, taken away
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This. FLUTE 
If he come not, then the play is mar'd. It goes notIf he come not, then the play is marred. It goes not MND IV.ii.5
forward, doth it?forward. Doth it? MND IV.ii.6
It is not possible: you haue not a man in allIt is not possible. You have not a man in all MND IV.ii.7
Athens, able to discharge Piramus but he.Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.discharge (v.)
play, perform, execute
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This. FLUTE 
No, hee hath simply the best wit of any handy-craftNo, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraftwit (n.)
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
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man in Athens.man in Athens. MND IV.ii.10
Yea, and the best person too, and hee is a veryYea and the best person, too; and he is a veryperson (n.)
fine figure, personality
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Paramour, for a sweet voyce.paramour for a sweet voice.paramour (n.)
malapropism for ‘paragon’
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This. FLUTE 
You must say, Paragon. A Paramour is (God blesseYou must say ‘ paragon.’ A paramour is – God bless MND IV.ii.13
vs) a thing of nought.us – a thing of naught.naught, nought (n.)
wickedness, immorality, sinfulness
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Enter Snug the Ioyner.Enter Snug the joiner MND IV.ii.15
Snug. SNUG 
Masters, the Duke is comming from the Temple, andMasters, the Duke is coming from the temple, and MND IV.ii.15
there is two or three Lords & Ladies more married. Ifthere is two or three lords and ladies more married. If MND IV.ii.16
our sport had gone forward, we had all bin made men.our sport had gone forward, we had all been made men.made (adj.)
with success assured, with fortune made
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sport (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
This. FLUTE 
O sweet bully Bottome: thus hath he lost sixepenceO, sweet Bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpencebully (n./adj.)
[especially as a warm form of address] fine fellow, good friend
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a day, during his life; he could not haue scaped sixpencea day during his life. He could not have scaped sixpencescape, 'scape (v.)
escape, avoid
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a day. And the Duke had not giuen him sixpence a day fora day. An the Duke had not given him sixpence a day forand, an (conj.)
if, whether
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playing Piramus, Ile be hang'd. He would haue deseruedplaying Pyramus, I'll be hanged. He would have deserved MND IV.ii.21
it. Sixpence a day in Piramus, or nothing.it. Sixpence a day in Pyramus, or nothing. MND IV.ii.22
Enter Bottome.Enter Bottom MND IV.ii.23.1
Where are these Lads? Where are these hearts?Where are these lads? Where are these hearts?heart (n.)
(plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions
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Bottome, ô most couragious day! O most happieBottom! O most courageous day! O most happy MND IV.ii.24
houre!hour! MND IV.ii.25
Masters, I am to discourse wonders; but ask meMasters, I am to discourse wonders – but askdiscourse (v.)
relate, talk about, recount
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not what. For if I tell you, I am no true Athenian. Ime not what; for if I tell you, I am not true Athenian. – I MND IV.ii.27
will tell you euery thing as it fell out.will tell you everything, right as it fell out!right (adv.)
just, precisely
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Let vs heare, sweet Bottome.Let us hear, sweet Bottom! MND IV.ii.29
Not a word of me: all that I will tell you, is, thatNot a word of me! All that I will tell you is – that MND IV.ii.30
the Duke hath dined. Get your apparell together, goodthe Duke hath dined. Get your apparel together, goodapparel (n.)

old form: apparell
clothes, clothing, dress
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strings to your beards, new ribbands to your pumps, strings to your beards, new ribbons to your pumps. MND IV.ii.32
meete presently at the Palace, euery man looke ore hisMeet presently at the palace. Every man look o'er hispresently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
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part: for the short and the long is, our play is preferred:part. For the short and the long is, our play is preferred.prefer (v.)
promote, advance, recommend
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In any case let Thisby haue cleane linnen: and let not himIn any case, let Thisbe have clean linen; and let not him MND IV.ii.35
that playes the Lion, paire his nailes, for they shall hang outthat plays the lion pare his nails, for they shall hang out MND IV.ii.36
for the Lions clawes. And most deare Actors, eate no Onions,for the lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions MND IV.ii.37
nor Garlicke; for wee are to vtter sweete breath, and I doenor garlic; for we are to utter sweet breath, and I doutter (v.)

old form: vtter
emit, exhale, discharge
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not doubt but to heare them say, it is a sweet Comedy. Nonot doubt but to hear them say it is a sweet comedy. No MND IV.ii.39
more words: away, go away.more words. Away – go, away! MND IV.ii.40
Exeunt.Exeunt Bottom and his fellows MND IV.ii.40
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