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64 h ippolyta i am a weary of this moon would he 255

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64 H IPPOLYTA . I am a-weary of this moon. Would he 255 would change! T HESEUS . It appears, by his small light of discretion, that he is in the wan e ; but yet in courtesy, in all reason, we must stay 65 the time. ACT V , SCENE i 79 59. gentle. Courteous, polite 60. very . . . valor. More clever than brave 61. a goose . . . discretion. More silly than sensible 62. lanthorn. Lantern; lanterns often had sides made of transparent horn. 63. horns . . . head. Demetrius is jesting about cuckolds, or men whose wives have been unfaithful. Cuckolds were commonly represented as wearing two horns on their heads. 64. in snuff. In need of being snuffed, or of having the charred end of the candle wick trimmed 65. stay. Await What does the actor who plays the moon have to do when Theseus and Demetrius interrupt him?
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80 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM 260 L YSANDER . Proceed, Moon. M OON . All that I have to say is to tell you that the lanthorn is the moon, I the man i’ th’ moon, this thorn- bush my thorn-bush, and this dog my dog. D EMETRIUS . Why, all these should be in the lanthorn; 265 for all these are in the moon. But silence! here comes Thisby. Enter T HISBY . T HISBY . This is old Ninny’s tomb. Where is my love? L ION . O! The L ION roars. T HISBY runs off. D EMETRIUS . Well roar’d, Lion. 270 T HESEUS . Well run, Thisby. H IPPOLYTA . Well shone, Moon. Truly, the moon shines with a good grace. The L ION shakes T HISBY S mantle . T HESEUS . Well mous’d, 66 Lion. Enter P YRAMUS . D EMETRIUS . And then came Pyramus. Exit L ION . 275 L YSANDER . And so the lion vanish’d. P YRAMUS . Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams; I thank thee, Moon, for shining now so bright; For by thy gracious, golden, glittering gleams, I trust to take of truest Thisby sight. 265 But stay! O spite! But mark, poor knight, What dreadful dole 67 is here! Eyes, do you see? How can it be? 270 O dainty duck! O dear! Thy mantle good, What, stain’d with blood? Approach, ye Furies fell! 68 O Fates, 69 come, come, 275 Cut thread and thrum, 70 Quail, 71 crush, conclude, and quell! 72 66. mous’d. Shaken, as when a cat shakes a mouse 67. dole. Sorrowful sight 68. Furies fell. Refers to three terrible female spirits (Alecto, Tisiphone, and Megaera) who punish the doers of unavenged crimes in Greek and Roman mythology 69. Fates. In classical mythology, three female spirits who control human des- tiny by spinning the threads of the lives of human beings, by weaving life’s tapestry, and by cutting short human lives 70. Cut thread and thrum. End my life 71. Quail. Overcome 72. quell. Put an end to; kill ® What does Lysander finally ask the actor to do? What does the moon have to say?
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T HESEUS . This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad. H IPPOLYTA . Beshrew 73 my heart, but I pity the man. 280 P YRAMUS . O, wherefore, Nature, didst thou lions frame? Since lion vild hath here deflow’r’d my dear; Which is—no, no—which was the fairest dame That liv’d, that lov’d, that lik’d, that look’d with cheer.
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