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P UCK . This is the woman, but not this the man. D EMETRIUS . O, why rebuke you him that loves you so? Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe. 45 H ERMIA . Now I but chide ; but I should use the worse For thou (I fear) hast given me cause to curse. If thou hast slain Lysander in his sleep, Being o’er shoes in blood, plunge in the deep, And kill me too. 50 The sun was not so true unto the day As he to me. Would he have stolen away From sleeping Hermia? I’ll believe as soon This whole earth may be bor’d, 17 and that the moon May through the centre creep, and so displease 55 Her brother’s 18 noontide with th’ Antipodes. 19 It cannot be but thou hast murd’red him; ACT III , SCENE ii 41 12. translated. Transformed 13. devise. Guess or imagine 14. latch’d. Moistened; dampened 15. of force. Necessarily 16. close. Concealed, hidden 17. be bor’d. Have a hole bored or drilled through it 18. Her brother’s. The sun’s 19. Antipodes. People who live on the opposite side of the earth What is Oberon’s opinion of the way Puck managed the situation with Titania? What does Hermia believe that Demetrius has done? Why does she believe this?
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42 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM W Words For Everyday Use car • cass ( k ä r´kəs ) n., human body, living or dead So should a murderer look—so dead, 20 so grim. D EMETRIUS . So should the murdered look, and so should I, Pierc’d through the heart with your stern cruelty. 60 Yet you, the murderer, look as bright, as clear, As yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere. H ERMIA . What’s this to my Lysander? Where is he? Ah, good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me? D EMETRIUS . I had rather give his carcass to my hounds. 65 H ERMIA . Out, dog, out, cur! thou driv’st me past the bounds Of maiden’s patience. Hast thou slain him then? Henceforth be never numb’red among men! O, once tell true; tell true, even for my sake! Durst thou have look’d upon him being awake? 70 And hast thou kill’d him sleeping? O brave touch! 21 Could not a worm, an adder, 22 do so much? An adder did it! for with doubler tongue Than thine, thou serpent, never adder stung. D EMETRIUS . You spend your passion on a mispris’d mood. 23 75 I am not guilty of Lysander’s blood; Nor is he dead, for aught 24 that I can tell. H ERMIA . I pray thee, tell me then that he is well. D EMETRIUS . And if I could, what should I get therefore? H ERMIA . A privilege never to see me more. 80 And from thy hated presence part I so: See me no more, whether he be dead or no. Exit . D EMETRIUS . There is no following her in this fierce vein. 25 Here therefore for a while I will remain. So sorrow’s heaviness doth heavier 26 grow 20. dead. Deathly pale 21. brave touch. Noble deed; Hermia is speaking ironically. 22. adder. Poisonous snake with a forked tongue 23. You . . . a mispris’d mood. Your anger is mistaken. 24. aught. All 25. fierce vein. Angry state of mind 26. heavier. Here means both “more serious in mood” and “sleepier” ® Has Demetrius killed Lysander?
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W Words For Everyday Use en • sue ( en soo ´ ) vi., come afterward; follow immediately 85 For debt that bankrout sleep doth sorrow owe; 27
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