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205 P YRAMUS . O, kiss me through the hole of this vild 52 wall! T HISBY . I kiss the wall’s hole, not your lips at all. P YRAMUS . Wilt thou at Ninny’s tomb meet me straightway? T HISBY . ’Tide 53 life, ’tide death, I come without delay. Exeunt P YRAMUS and T HISBY . W ALL . Thus have I, Wall, my part discharged so; 210 And being done, thus Wall away doth go. Exit . T HESEUS . Now is the moon used between the two neighbors. D EMETRIUS . No remedy, my lord, when walls are so willful to hear without warning. 54 215 H IPPOLYTA . This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard. T HESEUS . The best in this kind 55 are but shadows; and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them. H IPPOLYTA . It must be your imagination then, and not theirs. 220 T HESEUS . If we imagine no worse of them than they of themselves, they may pass for excellent men. Here come two noble beasts in, a man and a lion. Enter L ION and M OONSHINE . L ION . You, ladies, you, whose gentle hearts do fear The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor, 225 May now, perchance, both quake and tremble here, When lion rough in wildest rage doth roar. Then know that I as Snug the joiner am A lion fell, 56 nor else no lion’s dam, 57 For, if I should, as lion, come in strife 230 Into this place, ’twere pity on my life. 58 52. vild. Vile 53. ’Tide. Betide, befall, happen, come 54. walls . . . warning. Walls are so eager to hear; Demetrius is alluding to the proverb about walls having ears. 55. kind. Refers to either plays or actors 56. fell. Fierce; also means “hide or skin,” referring to Snug’s costume 57. dam. Mother; lioness 58. ’twere . . . life. My life would be in jeopardy. ® What defense of the play does Theseus offer?
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W Words For Everyday Use dis • cre • tion ( di skresh´ən ) n., prudence wane ( wa¯n ) n., gradual decrease of the visible face of the moon after it has become full T HESEUS . A very gentle 59 beast, and of a good conscience. D EMETRIUS . The very best at a beast, my lord, that e’er I saw. 235 L YSANDER . This lion is a very fox for his valor. 60 T HESEUS . True; and a goose for his discretion . 61 D EMETRIUS . Not so, my lord; for his valor cannot carry his discretion, and the fox carries the goose. T HESEUS . His discretion, I am sure, cannot carry his 240 valor; for the goose carries not the fox. It is well; leave it to his discretion, and let us listen to the Moon. M OON . This lanthorn 62 doth the horned moon present— D EMETRIUS . He should have worn the horns on his head. 63 245 T HESEUS . He is no crescent, and his horns are invisible within the circumference. M OON . This lanthorn doth the horned moon present; Myself the man i’ th’ moon do seem to be. T HESEUS . This is the greatest error of all the rest. 250 The man should be put into the lanthorn. How is it else the man i’ th’ moon? D EMETRIUS . He dares not come there for the candle; for, you see, it is already in snuff.
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