It is not friendly tis not maidenly our sex as well

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It is not friendly, ’tis not maidenly. Our sex, as well as I, may chide you for it, Though I alone do feel the injury. 220 H ERMIA . I am amazed at your passionate words. I scorn you not; it seems that you scorn me. H ELENA . Have you not set Lysander, as in scorn, To follow me and praise my eyes and face? And made your other love, Demetrius 225 (Who even but now did spurn me with his foot), To call me goddess, nymph, divine and rare, Precious, celestial? Wherefore 64 speaks he this To her he hates? And wherefore doth Lysander Deny your love 65 (so rich within his soul) 230 And tender 66 me (forsooth) affection, But by your setting on, by your consent? What though I be not so in grace 67 as you, So hung upon with love, so fortunate ACT III , SCENE ii 47 58. artificial. Skilled in arts and crafts 59. sampler. Cloth embroidered with designs to show a beginner’s skill 60. incorporate. United, as in one body 61. first. Refers to the bodies mentioned in the previous line 62. coats in heraldry. Emblems and figures usually arranged on and around a shield and serving as a special symbol of a person, family, or institution 63. rent. Tear 64. Wherefore. Why 65. your love. His love for you 66. tender. Offer 67. grace. Favor Of what does Helena accuse Hermia?
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48 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM W Words For Everyday Use coun • ter • feit ( kount ´ ər fit´ ) vt., make an imitation of to deceive chron • i • cle ( kr ä n´ i kəl ) vt., tell or write the history of (But miserable most, to love unlov’d)? 235 This you should pity rather than despise. H ERMIA . I understand not what you mean by this. H ELENA . Ay, do! persever, 68 counterfeit sad looks, Make mouths 69 upon me when I turn my back, Wink each at other, hold the sweet jest up; 240 This sport, well carried, 70 shall be chronicled . If you have any pity, grace, or manners, You would not make me such an argument. 71 But fare ye well; ’tis partly my own fault, Which death, or absence, soon shall remedy. 245 L YSANDER . Stay, gentle Helena; hear my excuse, My love, my life, my soul, fair Helena! H ELENA . O excellent! H ERMIA . Sweet, do not scorn her so. D EMETRIUS . If she cannot entreat, I can compel. 72 L YSANDER . Thou canst compel no more than she entreat. 250 Thy threats have no more strength than her weak prays. 73 Helen, I love thee, by my life I do! I swear by that 74 which I will lose for thee, To prove him false that says I love thee not. D EMETRIUS . I say I love thee more than he can do. 255 L YSANDER . If thou say so, withdraw, and prove it too. D EMETRIUS . Quick, come! H ERMIA . Lysander, whereto tends all this? L YSANDER . Away, you Ethiop! 75 D EMETRIUS . No, no; he’ll Seem to break loose—take on as you would follow, But yet come not. You are a tame man, go! 68. persever. Persevere 69. Make mouths. Make faces 70. carried. Directed 71. argument. Topic or subject (of a cruel joke) 72. If . . . compel. If Hermia’s words cannot move you to stop mocking Helena, I will force you to do so.
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