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T itania i have a venturous fairy that shall seek 35

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T ITANIA . I have a venturous fairy that shall seek 35 The squirrel’s hoard, and fetch thee new nuts. B OTTOM . I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas. But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me; I have an exposition 9 of sleep come upon me. T ITANIA . Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms. 40 Fairies, be gone, and be all ways 10 away. Exeunt F AIRIES . So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle Gently entwist; the female ivy so Enrings the barky 11 fingers of the elm. O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee! They sleep . Enter R OBIN G OODFELLOW (P UCK ). 45 O BERON . [ Advancing .] Welcome, good Robin. Seest thou this sweet sight? Her dotage now I do begin to pity. For meeting her of late behind the wood Seeking sweet favors 12 for this hateful fool, I did upbraid her, and fall out 13 with her. 50 For she his hairy temples then had rounded With coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers; 6. the tongs and the bones. Tongs and bones are musical instruments most often used in rustic areas. 7. peck of provender. One quarter-bushel of dry food for livestock 8. bottle. Bundle 9. exposition. Another verbal mistake; Bottom means “disposition,” i.e. “desire.” 10. all ways. In different directions 11. barky. Bark-covered 12. favors. Flowers as gifts 13. fall out. Had a disagreement ® What does Bottom wish to eat? ® How is Oberon beginning to feel about Titania and her charmed love for Bottom?
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And that same dew which sometime on the buds Was wont 14 to swell like round and orient 15 pearls, Stood now within the pretty flouriets’ 16 eyes, 55 Like tears that did their own disgrace bewail. When I had at my pleasure taunted her, And she in mild terms begg’d my patience I then did ask of her her changeling child; Which straight she gave me, and her fairy sent 60 To bear him to my bower in fairy land. And now I have the boy, I will undo This hateful imperfection of her eyes. And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp 17 From off the head of this Athenian swain, 18 65 That he, awaking when the other 19 do, May all to Athens back again repair, And think no more of this night’s accidents 20 But as the fierce vexation of a dream. But first I will release the Fairy Queen. Touching her eyes. 70 Be as thou wast wont to be; See as thou wast wont to see. Dian’s bud o’er Cupid’s flower Hath such force and blessed power. Now, my Titania, wake you, my sweet queen. 75 T ITANIA . My Oberon, what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamor’d of an ass. O BERON . There lies your love. T ITANIA . How came these things to pass? O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now! O BERON . Silence a while. Robin, take off this head. 80 Titania, music call, and strike more dead Than common sleep of all these five the sense. 21 T ITANIA . Music, ho, music, such as charmeth sleep! Music, still . 22 ACT IV , SCENE i 61 14. wont. Accustomed 15. orient. Lustrous; quality that determines a pearl’s value 16. flouriets’. Flowers’ 17. scalp. Refers to the ass’s head 18. swain. Country youth 19. other. Others 20. accidents. Happenings 21. strike . . . sense. Put Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, Helena, and Bottom into a sleep that is much deeper than is usual.
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