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 great A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of attraction and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.
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68 But69 masters, here are your parts, and I am to70 entreat you, request you and desire you, to con71 them by tomorrow night, and meet me in the palace wood, a mile without the town, by moonlight. There will we rehearse. For if we meet in the city, we shall be dogged72 with company,73 and our devices74 known. 77 I pray you, fail me not. 81 Adieu. 66 a gold coin (but see note 68 on a possibly diﬀerent meaning intended, here, for “crown”) 67 color?
And, my gracious Duke, Be it so50 she will not here before51 your Grace Consent to marry with Demetrius, I beg the ancient privilege52 of Athens. As she is mine, I may dispose53 of her, Which shall be either to this gentleman Or to her death, according to our law, Immediately54 provided in that case. Theseus What say you, Hermia? 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.
Xxxviii shakespearean stage The Audience • London’s professional theater operated in what might be called a “red-light” district, featuring brothels, restaurants, and the kind of open-air entertainment then most popular, like bearbaiting (in which a bear, tied to a stake, was set on by dogs). • A theater audience, like most of the population of Shakespeare’s England, was largely made up of illiterates. Being able to read and write, however, had nothing to do with intelligence or concern with language, narrative, and characterization.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Annotated Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare