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73. prays. Prayers, entreaties 74. that. My life 75. Ethiop. Moor, or person of North African and Arabic heritage; Lysander is referring scornfully to Hermia’s dark hair.
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260 L YSANDER . Hang off, 76 thou cat, thou bur! Vile thing, let loose, Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent! H ERMIA . Why are you grown so rude? What change is this, Sweet love? L YSANDER . Thy love? Out, tawny Tartar, 77 out! Out, loathed med’cine! O hated potion, hence! 265 H ERMIA . Do you not jest? H ELENA . Yes, sooth; 78 and so do you. L YSANDER . Demetrius, I will keep my word 79 with thee. D EMETRIUS . I would I had your bond, for I perceive A weak bond 80 holds you. I’ll not trust your word. L YSANDER . What? should I hurt her, strike her, kill her dead? 270 Although I hate her, I’ll not harm her so. H ERMIA . What? can you do me greater harm than hate? Hate me, wherefore? O me, what news, my love! Am not I Hermia? Are not you Lysander? I am as fair now as I was erewhile. 81 275 Since night you lov’d me; yet since night you left me: Why then, you left me (O, the gods forbid!) In earnest, shall I say? L YSANDER . Ay, by my life; And never did desire to see thee more. Therefore be out of hope, of question, of doubt; 280 Be certain! nothing truer; ‘tis no jest That I do hate thee, and love Helena. H ERMIA . O me, you juggler, you canker-blossom, 82 You thief of love! What, have you come by night And stol’n my love’s heart from him? H ELENA . Fine, i’ faith! 285 Have you no modesty, no maiden shame, No touch of bashfulness? What, will you tear Impatient answers from my gentle tongue? Fie, fie, you counterfeit, you puppet, 83 you! ACT III , SCENE ii 49 76. Hang off. Let go (addressed to Hermia) 77. tawny Tartar. Brown barbarian (once again, Lysander is insulting Hermia’s dark coloring, and alludes to her violent behavior) 78. sooth. In truth 79. word. Promise that I will fight you 80. weak bond. Hermia’s arms. Demetrius implies Lysander is not trying very hard to escape. 81. erewhile. A short while before 82. canker-blossom. Worm that feeds on blossoms 83. puppet. Doll (contemptuous); Hermia takes this to be an insult about her height as she is short. In what way does Lysander behave toward Hermia? How does Hermia feel about the news that Lysander hates her? Of what does Hermia accuse Helena? In what way does Hermia believe Helena is insulting her? What does Hermia threaten to do to Helena?
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50 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM H ERMIA . “Puppet”? Why so? Ay, that way goes the game. 290 Now I perceive that she hath made compare Between our statures : she hath urg’d her height, And with her personage, her tall personage, Her height, forsooth, she hath prevail’d with him. And are you grown so high in his esteem, 295 Because I am so dwarfish and so low? 84 How low am I, thou painted maypole? 85 Speak! How low am l? I am not yet so low But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes.
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