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Youngpeople in this period sometimes gave their

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Youngpeople in this period sometimes gave their beloved a bracelet made of their own hair; “gawds, conceits, / Knacks, trifles” refers to trinkets and knickknacks; nosegays are small bouquets of flowers; and sweetmeats are any sweet food prepared with sugar or honey. 12. Immediately. Expressly; for the specific purpose 13. disfigure. Completely destroy; obliterate W Words For Everyday Use vex • a • tion ( veks a¯´shən ) n., irritation, aggravation filch ( filch ) vt., steal ® With whom is Egeus angry? What does he wish his daughter to do? Of what does he accuse Lysander? ® What has Lysander done to win Hermia’s heart? ® What does Egeus demand of Theseus? What law exists in Athens? ® How does Theseus say Hermia should view her father? What does he warn Hermia her father has the power to do?
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H ERMIA . So is Lysander. T HESEUS . In himself he is; But in this kind, wanting your father’s voice, 14 55 The other must be held the worthier. H ERMIA . I would my father look’d but with my eyes. T HESEUS . Rather your eyes must with his judgment look. H ERMIA . I do entreat your Grace to pardon me. I know not by what power I am made bold, 60 Nor how it may concern my modesty, In such a presence here to plead my thoughts; But I beseech your Grace that I may know The worst that may befall me in this case, If I refuse to wed Demetrius. 65 T HESEUS . Either to die the death, 15 or to abjure For ever the society of men. Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires, Know of your youth, examine well your blood, 16 Whether (if you yield not to your father’s choice) 70 You can endure the livery of a nun, For aye to be in shady cloister mew’d, 17 To live a barren sister all your life, Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon. 18 Thrice blessed they that master so their blood 75 To undergo such maiden pilgrimage; But earthlier happy is the rose distill’d, 19 Than that which withering on the virgin thorn Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness. H ERMIA . So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, 80 Ere I will yield my virgin patent 20 up Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke My soul consents not to give sovereignty . T HESEUS . Take time to pause, and by the next new moon— The sealing-day betwixt my love and me ACT I , SCENE i 3 14. But . . . voice. But in this particular respect, lacking your father’s approval 15. die the death. Be put to death according to the law 16. Know . . . blood. Examine youthful feelings and passions 17. mew’d. Caged; confined 18. cold fruitless moon. Artemis (or to the Romans, Diana), virgin moon goddess 19. distill’d. Made into perfume 20. patent. Privilege W Words For Everyday Use en • treat ( en tre¯ ) vt., beg; beseech en • dure ( en d oo ) vt., bear, tolerate liv • er • y ( liv´ər e¯ ) n., uniform clois • ter ( klois´tər ) n., convent bar • ren ( bar´ən ) adj., sterile sov • er • eign • ty ( s ä v´rən te¯ ) n., the status or dominion of a ruler What will happen to Hermia should she persist in her refusal to marry Demetrius?
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