A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Annotated Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

From the hilarious mischief of the elf Puck to the tough humor of the self-centered backside and his fellow avid gamers, from the palace of Theseus in Athens to the magic wooden the place fairies play, Shakespeare’s awesome A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of attraction and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.

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I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night Pursue her, and for this intelligence261 If I have thanks, it is262 a dear263 expense. But herein mean264 I to enrich265 my pain, To have his sight266 thither and back again. exit 257 poured, threw 258 fervor, ardor, passion 259 because of 260 melted 261 information (especially as conveyed by spies) 262 will be for him 263 dear expense ϭ precious/lavish/strenuous/difficult disbursement 264 propose, intend 265 improve 266 his sight ϭ the sight of him 19 245 250 act 1 • scene 2 scene 2 Athens.

184 regards, considers, treats 185 well born* 186 severe, harsh, merciless 187 therefore 188 from, out of* 189 outside 190 customary ritual/worship 191 wait* 192 innocence, sincerity, straightforwardness 193 (the goddess’ carriage was drawn by sacred doves) 194 fastens, attaches, joins 195 causes to flourish/succeed 196 (Dido) 197 (Aeneas, her lover, who was deserting her) 14 act 1 • scene 1 In number more than ever women spoke, In that same place thou hast appointed198 me, Tomorrow truly199 will I meet with thee.

His. ” This is the first mention of extenuation, and it comes from Authority’s own mouth. Much later, Theseus will extenuate the law. But here is where the seed of that has been planted. Nor does Shakespeare allow lightness to interfere with the somber darkness he has created. Lysander remarks on her pallor;she,apparently weeping, xxix introduction comments on her readily understandable sorrow. 134). 149). 179). We may expect Hermia to be as good as her word,but he is plainly not quite sure. 179)—and with her, inevitably, a quiver-full of structural complications.

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