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33 T HESEUS . His speech was like a tangled chain; 125 nothing impair’d, 34 but all disorder’d. Who is next? Enter with a Trumpet before them P YRAMUS and T HISBY and W ALL and M OONSHINE and L ION . P ROLOGUE . Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show; But wonder on till truth make all things plain. This man is Pyramus, if you would know; This beauteous lady Thisby is certain. 130 This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present Wall, that vile Wall, which did these lovers sunder; 35 And through Wall’s chink, poor souls, they are content To whisper. At the which let no man wonder. This man with lantern, dog, and bush of thorn, 135 Presenteth Moonshine; for if you will know, By moonshine did these lovers think no scorn 36 To meet at Ninus’ tomb, there, there to woo. ACT V , SCENE i 75 28. Prologue . . . address’d. Person who delivers the prologue is ready 29. despite. Insult, malice 30. stand upon points. Punctuate his sentences correctly; worry about details 31. stop. Period, endmark of a sentence; also a term for stopping a horse 32. recorder. Flute-like musical instrument 33. government. Regulation; control 34. nothing impair’d. Not broken 35. sunder. Keep apart 36. think no scorn. Were not ashamed What criticisms do the nobles have of the prologue? What gives this speech its unintended meaning?
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76 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM This grisly beast, which Lion hight 37 by name, The trusty Thisby, coming first by night, 140 Did scare away, or rather did affright; And as she fled her mantle she did fall, 38 Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain. Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth and tall, 39 And finds his trusty Thisby’s mantle slain; 145 Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade, He bravely broach’d 40 his boiling bloody breast; And Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade, His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest, Let Lion, Moonshine, Wall, and lovers twain 41 150 At large 42 discourse, while here they do remain. Exit with P YRAMUS , T HISBY , L ION and M OONSHINE . T HESEUS . I wonder if the lion be to speak. D EMETRIUS . No wonder, my lord; one lion may, when many asses do. W ALL . In this same enterlude 43 it doth befall 155 That I, one Snout by name, present a wall; And such a wall, as I would have you think, That had in it a crannied hole or chink, Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby, Did whisper often, very secretly. 160 This loam, 44 this rough-cast, and this stone doth show That I am that same wall, the truth is so And this the cranny is, right and sinister, 45 Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper. T HESEUS . Would you desire lime and hair to speak 165 better? D EMETRIUS . It is the wittiest partition that ever I heard discourse , my lord. Enter P YRAMUS . 37. hight. Is called 38. mantle . . . fall. She let fall her cloak 39. tall. Handsome; brave 40. broach’d. Made a hole in 41. twain. Two 42. At large. At length 43. enterlude. Interlude, short play 44. loam. Mixture of moistened clay, sand, and straw, used in plastering 45. sinister. Left; Snout is saying that the cranny in the wall runs horizontally.
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