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By William Shakespeare

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare phases the workings of affection. Theseus and Hippolyta, approximately to marry, are figures from mythology. within the woods open air Theseus’s Athens, younger males and younger ladies style themselves out into couples—but now not ahead of 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 reworked into that of a donkey via a hobgoblin or “puck,” Robin Goodfellow. ultimately, backside and his partners ineptly degree the tragedy of “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

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A hundred and twenty I do yet beg a bit changeling boy To be my henchman. 163 Titania Set your center at leisure: The fairy land164 buys now not the kid of one hundred sixty five me. His mom used to be a votress166 of my order,167 And within the spicèd168 Indian air, via evening, one hundred twenty five complete frequently hath she gossiped by way of my facet, And sat with me on Neptune’s yellow sands, Marking th’embarkèd traders169 at the flood. a hundred and seventy When171 we have now laughed to work out the sails conceive172 And develop big-bellied with the wanton173 wind, 157 strife, quarreling 158 discord, war of words (disSENsiON) 159 resource, starting place a hundred and sixty right, rectify, enhance* 161 lies in ϭ depends/rests on/upon 162 thwart, oppose 163 groom, web page, squire 164 the fairy land ϭ the whole/entire fairy land a hundred sixty five from 166 individual certain through a vow/oath to a couple group/form of worship 167 staff, corporation, society 168 fragrant, aromatic 169 marking th’embarkèd investors ϭ observing/noting the passing ( simply starting up? freighted? ) buying and selling ships/merchant vessels one hundred seventy water (though a newly embarked send might frequently be crusing at the tide) 171 on which events 172 turn into pregnant (that is, swell out because the wind blows) 173 lascivious (not as universal because the word’s different meanings, in Shakespeare’s time, yet mentioned as early as 1391 and located in different places in Shakespeare’s paintings) 36 act 2 • scene 1 Which she, with pretty174 and with swimming gait175 a hundred thirty Following176 – her womb then rich177 with my younger squire – could imitate, and sail upon the land To fetch me trifles, and go back back As178 from a voyage, wealthy with item. yet she, being mortal, of that boy did die, a hundred thirty five And for her sake do I rear up her boy, And for her sake i can't half with him. Oberon How lengthy within179 this wooden intend you remain? Titania possibly until eventually after Theseus’ marriage ceremony day. if you happen to will180 patiently dance in our round,181 a hundred and forty and notice our moonlight revels, decide on us. If no longer, shun me, and that i will spare182 your haunts. Oberon supply me that boy, and that i will choose thee. Titania no longer for thy fairy nation. Fairies, away! we will chide downright,183 if I longer remain. a hundred forty five go out Titania together with her educate Oberon good, move thy method. 184 Thou shalt now not from185 this grove 174 shrewdpermanent, crafty, creative, admirable, wonderful* one hundred seventy five swimming gait ϭ strolling as easily/smoothly as though swimming 176 afterwards 177 nice, huge, considerable 178 as though 179 within* one hundred eighty desire to 181 around dance, circle* (if you are going to PAtientLY dance IN our around) 182 maintain away from (“refrain from visiting”) 183 brawl/wrangle out and out/thoroughly 184 move thy manner ϭ cross by yourself road/path 185 have long past from (that is, he'll act right away) 37 act 2 • scene 1 Till186 I torment thee for this harm. 187 My light Puck, come hither. Thou rememb’rest because once188 I sat upon189 a promontory, a hundred and fifty And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s again Uttering such dulcet190 and harmonious breath191 That the rude192 sea grew civil193 at her music, And certain194 stars shot madly from their spheres, to listen to the sea-maid’s track? Puck I take note.

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