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By William Shakespeare, Barbara A. Mowat, Paul Werstine, Ă–zdemir Nutku, Catherine Belsey

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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From the start, Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons start to get complicated--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia, but she has only eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, father Hermia wants Demetrius to be a son-in-law. Outside is Helena, whose unrepentant love for Demetrius burns hot. Hermia and ... Lysander plan to flee the city under dark cover but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is pursued by an enraptured Helena himself). Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the Faeries), unknown to the mortals, have a spat over a servant boy in the forest. The plot twists when the head mischief-maker of Oberon, Puck, runs loose with a flower that makes people fall in love with the first thing they see when they wake up. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the wedding of the Duke (one of whom Puck gives the head of a donkey and Titania for a lover) and the complications become fantastically funny.

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Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

Therefore another prologue must tell he is not a lion

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Love's stories written in love's richest books.
To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.

Thus I die. Thus, thus, thus.
Now I am dead,
Now I am fled,
My soul is in the sky.
Tongue, lose thy light.
Moon take thy flight.
Now die, die, die, die.

And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

Though she be but little, she is fierce!

Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!

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