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 superb A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of appeal and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.
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Then to the wood will he tomorrow night Pursue her, and for this intelligence261 If I have thanks, it is262 a dear263 expense. But herein mean264 I to enrich265 my pain, To have his sight266 thither and back again. exit 257 poured, threw 258 fervor, ardor, passion 259 because of 260 melted 261 information (especially as conveyed by spies) 262 will be for him 263 dear expense ϭ precious/lavish/strenuous/diﬃcult disbursement 264 propose, intend 265 improve 266 his sight ϭ the sight of him 19 245 250 act 1 • scene 2 scene 2 Athens.
But the prose, too, rises glowingly to the occasion: I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was— xxxi introduction there is no man can tell what. Methought I was—and methought I had—but man is but a patch’d fool, if he will oﬀer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.
Be advised, fair maid. To you your father should be as a god, One that composed55 your beauties, yea, and one To whom you are but as a form in wax, By him imprinted,56 and within his power To leave57 the ﬁgure58 or disﬁgure59 it. 43 trinkets 44 bouquets 45 cookies, cakes, and other sweet, candylike delights 46 envoys, ambassadors, forerunners 47 inﬂuence 48 still soft/inexperienced 49 stolen (not from herself but from her father, to whom its destiny was owed) 50 be it so ϭ if it happens/comes to pass that 51 in front of* 52 legal right 53 do with, deliver 54 directly (without pause or appeal) 55 produced, formed 56 stamped, shaped 57 allow to remain 58 form, shape 59 destroy, deface 6 act 1 scene 1 • Demetrius is a worthy60 gentleman.