A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Annotated Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

From the hilarious mischief of the elf Puck to the tough humor of the self-centered backside and his fellow avid gamers, from the palace of Theseus in Athens to the magic wooden the place fairies play, Shakespeare’s remarkable A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of appeal and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.

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Hermia The more I hate, the more he follows me. Helena The more I love, the more he hateth me. Hermia His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine. Helena None but your beauty. Would that fault were mine. Hermia Take comfort: he no more shall see my face. Lysander and myself will fly220 this place. Before the time I did Lysander see, Seemed Athens as221 a paradise to me. O then what graces222 in my love do dwell, That he hath turned a heaven unto a hell. Lysander Helen, to you our minds we will unfold.

11 stepmother 12 widow with inherited property (which a son who marries will have in her stead) 13 withering out ϭ drying out, shriveling 14 income 15 soak, saturate 16 (the new or crescent moon, pale/silver in color, is slender and curved like a bow; eternally chaste Diana, Apollo’s twin, is a nature, a hunting, and a moon goddess) 17 ceremonies, celebrations 18 stir up ϭ move, urge, stimulate, excite 19 pert and nimble ϭ lively/quick/cheerful and clever/swift/light/agile 20 away 21 pale companion ϭ timorous/pallid associate/partner/fellow* 22 magnificent show/celebration* 23 (Theseus, an ally of Hercules, had defeated her in battle; in some versions Theseus rapes her, and in others she is killed by Hercules) 4 act 1 scene 1 • enter Egeus, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius Egeus Happy be Theseus, our renownèd Duke!

11 stepmother 12 widow with inherited property (which a son who marries will have in her stead) 13 withering out ϭ drying out, shriveling 14 income 15 soak, saturate 16 (the new or crescent moon, pale/silver in color, is slender and curved like a bow; eternally chaste Diana, Apollo’s twin, is a nature, a hunting, and a moon goddess) 17 ceremonies, celebrations 18 stir up ϭ move, urge, stimulate, excite 19 pert and nimble ϭ lively/quick/cheerful and clever/swift/light/agile 20 away 21 pale companion ϭ timorous/pallid associate/partner/fellow* 22 magnificent show/celebration* 23 (Theseus, an ally of Hercules, had defeated her in battle; in some versions Theseus rapes her, and in others she is killed by Hercules) 4 act 1 scene 1 • enter Egeus, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius Egeus Happy be Theseus, our renownèd Duke!

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