A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare levels the workings of affection. Theseus and Hippolyta, approximately to marry, are figures from mythology. within the woods outdoors Theseus’s Athens, younger males and younger ladies kind themselves out into couples—but no longer 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 through a hobgoblin or “puck,” Robin Goodfellow. eventually, backside and his partners ineptly level the tragedy of “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

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Cobweb prepared. 1 adorable, attractive (AIMiyABel) 2 stroke, caress three having close-lying hair four resource of pleasure ninety five act four • scene 1 10 backside Mounsieur Cobweb, reliable mounsieur, get you your guns on your hand, and kill me a red-hipped humblebee5 at the most sensible of a thistle. 6 And stable mounsieur, carry me the honey bag. 7 don't worry your self an excessive amount of within the action,8 mounsieur. And sturdy mounsieur, have a care 15 the honey bag holiday no longer. i might be loath to have you ever overflown9 with a honey bag, signior. Where’s Mounsieur Mustardseed? Mustardseed prepared. backside provide me your neaf,10 Mounsieur Mustardseed. 20 Pray you, go away your courtesy,11 sturdy mounsieur. Mustardseed What’s your will? backside not anything, solid mounsieur, yet to aid Cavalery12 Cobweb to scratch. i need to to13 the barber’s, mounsieur, for methinks i'm impressive bushy in regards to the face, and i'm such 25 a young ass, if my hair do yet tickle me, i have to scratch. Titania What, wilt thou pay attention a few track, my candy love? backside i've got a cheap strong ear in song. Let’s have the tongs and the bones. 14 Titania Or say, candy love, what thou desirest to consume. five red-hipped humblebee ϭ a wide bee with crimson hips (up to his hips within the pink clover which, due to their dimension, in simple terms this species of bee can receive? ) 6 purple-flowered prickly plant 7 (not a bag,but an enlarged alimentary canal within which the bee shops up honey) eight the motion ϭ so doing nine coated, overspread 10 provide me your neaf ϭ lend me using your clenched hand, fist eleven go away your courtesy ϭ quit/stop your bowing/obeisance 12 Cavalery ϭ gentleman, knight (Italian cavaliere) thirteen visit 14 tongs . . . bones ϭ percussion tools (the former ϭ tongs struck through a smaller little bit of steel, the latter ϭ clappers, frequently wooden, held among the palms and rattled opposed to each other) ninety six act four • scene 1 backside really, a peck15 of provender. sixteen i may munch your 30 solid dry oats. Methinks i've got an outstanding hope to17 a bottle18 of hay. stable hay, candy hay, hath no fellow. 19 Titania i've got a venturous20 fairy that shall search The squirrel’s hoard, and fetch thee new21 nuts. 22 backside I had fairly have a handful or of dried peas. yet I 35 pray you, allow none of your humans stir23 me. i've got an exposition24 of sleep encounter me. Titania Sleep thou, and that i will wind thee in my hands. Fairies, begone, and be all methods away. 25 exeunt Fairies So doth the woodbine the candy honeysuckle forty lightly entwist. the feminine ivy so Enrings26 the barky fingers27 of the elm. O how i like thee! How I dote on thee! they sleep input Puck 15 one sector of a bushel (used for dry meals, frequently grain) sixteen nutrition, frequently fodder (corn, oats) 17 for 18 package 19 equivalent, fit 20 bold, daring, adventuresome 21 from the hot crop, clean, no longer stale 22 the SQUIRelz HOard AND fetch THEE new NUTS 23 flow, shake, disturb 24 (a mangling of “disposition”) 25 all methods away ϭ at a distance in each path 26 encircles, jewelry round 27 barky hands ϭ bark-covered foliage/branches/twigs ninety seven act four • scene 1 Oberon Welcome, solid Robin.

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