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H elena i pray you though you mock me gentlemen 300

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H ELENA . I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen, 300 Let her not hurt me. I was never curst; 86 I have no gift at all in shrewishness; I am a right 87 maid for my cowardice. Let her not strike me. You perhaps may think, Because she is something lower than myself, 305 That I can match her. H ERMIA . “Lower”? hark 88 again. H ELENA . Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me. I evermore did love you, Hermia, Did ever keep your counsels, never wrong’d you; Save that, in love unto Demetrius 310 I told him of your stealth 89 unto this wood. He followed you; for love I followed him. But he hath chid me hence, and threat’ned me To strike me, spurn me, nay, to kill me too. And now, so you will let me quiet go, 315 To Athens will I bear my folly back, And follow you no further. Let me go. You see how simple and how fond 90 I am. H ERMIA . Why, get you gone. Who is’t that hinders you? 84. low. Short 85. painted maypole. Hermia is both insulting Helena’s height and accusing her of relying on makeup, then considered to be in poor taste. 86. curst. Cursed with a sharp tongue 87. right. True 88. hark. Listen (an exclamation) 89. stealth. Secret journey 90. fond. Foolish W Words For Everyday Use stat • ure ( stach´ər ) n., height of a person
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W Words For Everyday Use keen ( ke¯n ) adj., sharp or cutting flout ( flout ) vt., mock; show scorn or contempt for of • fi • cious ( ə fish´əs ) adj., offering unnecessary and unwanted advice; meddlesome H ELENA . A foolish heart, that I leave here behind. 320 H ERMIA . What, with Lysander? H ELENA . With Demetrius. L YSANDER . Be not afraid; she shall not harm thee, Helena. D EMETRIUS . No, sir; she shall not, though you take her part. H ELENA . O, when she is angry, she is keen and shrewd! 91 She was a vixen 92 when she went to school; 325 And though she be but little, she is fierce. H ERMIA . “Little” again? Nothing but “low” and “little”? Why will you suffer her to flout me thus? Let me come to her. L YSANDER . Get you gone, you dwarf; You minimus, 93 of hind’ring knot-grass 94 made; 330 You bead, you acorn. D EMETRIUS . You are too officious In her behalf that scorns your services. Let her alone; speak not of Helena, Take not her part. For if thou dost intend Never so little show of love to her, 335 Thou shalt aby it. 95 L YSANDER . Now she holds me not; Now follow, if thou dar’st, to try whose right, Of thine or mine, is most in Helena. D EMETRIUS . Follow? Nay; I’ll go with thee, cheek by jowl. 96 Exeunt L YSANDER and D EMETRIUS . H ERMIA . You, mistress, all this coil is long of you. 97 340 Nay, go not back. ACT III , SCENE ii 51 91. shrewd. Sharp-tongued; shrewish 92. vixen. Female fox; term used to describe an ill-tempered woman 93. minimus. TIny thing 94. knot-grass. Type of weed which was believed to hinder growth 95. For . . . aby it. If you offer Helena a pretense of love, you shall pay for it 96. cheek by jowl. At your side 97. all . . . you. All this commotion is because of you What do Lysander and Demetrius plan to do?
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52 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM W Words For Everyday Use es • teem ( e ste¯m ) vt., hold to be; consider; regard tes • ty ( tes´ te¯ ) adj., irritable; touchy rail ( ra¯l ) vi.,
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