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D emetrius awaking o helen goddess nymph perfect

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D EMETRIUS . [ Awaking .] O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine! To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne? Crystal is muddy. O, how ripe in show 140 Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow! 39. fee. Rights 40. fond pageant. Foolish exhibition or display 41. sport alone. Entertainment without equal; unique diversion 42. vows . . . appears. Vows that are made (or born) through tears reveal their sincerity in the nature of their birth 43. badge of faith. Tears W Words For Everyday Use woo (w oo ) vt., try to get the love of; seek as a spouse pre • pos • ter • ous • ly ( pre ¯ p ä s ´ tər əs le¯ ) adv., absurdly; con- trary to nature de • ri • sion ( di rizh´ən ) n., contempt or ridicule fray ( fra¯ ) n., noisy quarrel or fight ® What amuses Puck? ® What argument does Lysander make to plead his case with Helena? What does Demetrius immediately do that contradicts Lysander’s argument?
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W Words For Everyday Use be • queath ( be¯ kwe¯th´ ) vt., leave; pass on That pure congealed white, high Taurus’ 44 snow, Fann’d with the eastern wind, turns to a crow 45 When thou hold’st up thy hand. O, let me kiss This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss! 145 H ELENA . O spite! O hell! I see you all are bent To set against me for your merriment. If you were civil and knew courtesy, You would not do me thus much injury. Can you not hate me, as I know you do, 150 But you must join in souls to mock me too? If you were men, as men you are in show, 46 You would not use a gentle 47 lady so; To vow, and swear, and superpraise 48 my parts When I am sure you hate me with your hearts. 155 You both are rivals, and love Hermia; And now both rivals, to mock Helena. A trim 49 exploit, a manly enterprise, To conjure tears up in a poor maid’s eyes With your derision! None of noble sort 160 Would so offend a virgin, and extort 50 A poor soul’s patience, all to make you sport. L YSANDER . You are unkind, Demetrius; be not so; For you love Hermia; this you know I know. And here, with all good will, with all my heart, 165 In Hermia’s love I yield you up my part; And yours of Helena to me bequeath , Whom I do love, and will do till my death. H ELENA . Never did mockers waste more idle breath. D EMETRIUS . Lysander, keep thy Hermia; I will none. 170 If e’er I lov’d her, all that love is gone. My heart to her but as guest-wise sojourn’d, 51 And now to Helen is it home return’d, There to remain. ACT III , SCENE ii 45 44. Taurus’. Refers to a Turkish mountain range 45. turns to a crow. Seems as black as a crow’s feathers 46. in show. In appearance; outwardly 47. gentle. Of noble birth 48. superpraise. Praise excessively 49. trim. Grand 50. extort. Wring out 51. My heart . . . sojourn’d. My heart visited with Hermia briefly, like a guest. What does Helena believe motivates both men’s praise of her? How does Demetrius now feel about Hermia?
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46 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM L YSANDER . Helen, it is not so.
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