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W words for everyday use dis course dis k ô rs vi

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W Words For Everyday Use dis • course ( dis ´ k ô rs´ ) vi., carry on conversation ® How did Pyramus and Thisby meet their tragic ends? ® What is Demetrius’s opinion of the actors?
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46. sensible. Emotionally and intellectually aware 47. again. In return to Pyramus’s curses 48. fall pat. Happen precisely 49. lover’s grace. Gracious lover 50. Limander . . . Helen. Bottom and Flute mean Leander and Hero , two tragic lovers from Greek legend. Leander swam to visit Hero each night, guided by the light in her tower. One night during a storm, the light went out and Leander drowned. Hero then discovered his body and drowned herself as well. 51. Shafalus . . . Procrus. Bottom and Flute mean Cephalus and Procris. According to legend, Cephalus was a great hunter who had been beloved by the goddess Aurora. Later he married Procris, who began to suspect that her husband was unfaithful because of his frequent hunting trips. Finally, she decided to follow Cephalus to spy upon him. When Procris emerged from the greenery, Cephalus mistook her for his prey and shot and killed her with one of his arrows. T HESEUS . Pyramus draws near the wall. Silence! P YRAMUS . O grim-look’d night! O night with hue so black! 170 O night, which ever art when day is not! O night, O night! alack, alack, alack, I fear my Thisby’s promise is forgot! And thou, O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall, That stand’st between her father’s ground and mine! 180 Thou wall, O wall, O sweet and lovely wall, Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne! W ALL holds up his fingers . Thanks, courteous wall; Jove shield thee well for this! But what see I? No Thisby do I see. O wicked wall, through whom I see no bliss! 185 Curs’d be thy stones for thus deceiving me! T HESEUS . The wall methinks, being sensible, 46 should curse again. 47 P YRAMUS . No, in truth, sir, he should not. “Deceiving me” is Thisby’s cue. She is to enter now, and I am to spy 190 her through the wall. You shall see it will fall pat 48 as I told you. Yonder she comes. Enter T HISBY . T HISBY . O wall, full often hast thou heard my moans, For parting my fair Pyramus and me! My cherry lips have often kiss’d thy stones, 195 Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee. P YRAMUS . I see a voice! Now will I to the chink, To spy and I can hear my Thisby’s face. Thisby! T HISBY . My love thou art, my love I think. 200 P YRAMUS . Think what thou wilt, I am thy lover’s grace; 49 And, like Limander, am I trusty still. T HISBY . And, like Helen, 50 till the Fates me kill. P YRAMUS . Not Shafalus to Procrus 51 was so true. ACT V , SCENE i 77 What happens when Theseus interrupts the play? What does Pyramus claim he can see? What does he say he can hear?
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78 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM W Words For Everyday Use a • mend ( ə mend´ ) vt., make better; improve strife ( str ¯f ) n., act or state of fighting or quarreling T HISBY . As Shafalus to Procrus, I to you.
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