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D emetrius nay then thou mockst me thou shalt buy

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D EMETRIUS . Nay then thou mock’st me. Thou shalt buy this dear, 125 If ever I thy face by daylight see. Now, go thy way. Faintness constraineth me To measure out my length 126 on this cold bed. 430 By day’s approach look to be visited. Lies down and sleeps . Enter H ELENA . H ELENA . O weary night, O long and tedious night, Abate thy hours! Shine, comforts, from the east, That I may back to Athens by daylight, From these that my poor company detest. 435 And sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow’s eye, Steal me a while from mine own company. Sleeps . P UCK . Yet but three? Come one more; Two of both kinds makes up four. Enter H ERMIA . Here she comes, curst and sad. 440 Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad. H ERMIA . Never so weary, never so in woe, Bedabbled 127 with the dew and torn with briers, I can no further crawl, no further go; 445 My legs can keep no pace with my desires. Here will I rest me till the break of day. Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a fray! Lies down and sleeps . P UCK . On the ground, Sleep sound; 450 I’ll apply, To your eye, Gentle lover, remedy. Squeezing the juice on Lysander’s eyes. When thou wak’st, ACT III , SCENE ii 55 125. Thou . . . dear. Pay dearly for this action 126. measure . . . length. Lie outstretched 127. Bedabbled. Smudged or smeared What does Puck do to Lysander? What effect will this have on him?
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56 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM W Words For Everyday Use pro • verb ( pr ä v ´ rb´ ) n., short, traditional saying Thou tak’st 445 True delight In the sight Of thy former lady’s eye; And the country proverb known, That every man should take his own, 460 In your waking shall be shown. Jack shall have Jill; Nought shall go ill: The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well. Exit.
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Responding to the Selection In act III, scene ii, Puck exclaims, “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Explain how the actions of the mortal characters in act III prove or disprove Puck’s opinion. Reviewing the Selection Recalling and Interpreting 1. R: What problems do Bottom and the other artisans fear will arise from their intended performance? What solutions does Bottom devise? What does Puck do to interrupt this rehearsal? What happens when Bottom’s singing awakens Titania? What does Bottom say in response to Titania’s dec- laration of love and her praise of his wisdom and beauty? 2. I: Based on what you have seen of the noblewomen of Athens, explain whether the fears of Bottom and the other artisans about the play are justified. What do these fears reveal about the artisans as characters? about the artisans’ perceptions about the theater? What do Bottom’s solutions reveal about him? What do Bottom’s responses to Titania reveal? 3. R: What does Oberon discover when he and Puck observe Lysander and Helena? What does Oberon order Puck to do to make amends for his mistake? What does Oberon do to Demetrius? What is the result of their actions?
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