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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 4 Scene 2
Scene II Athens. QUINCE'S house.
- [Enter QUINCE, FLUTE, SNOUT, and STARVELING]
- Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he come home yet?
- He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is
- If he come not, then the play is marred: it goes
- not forward, doth it?
- It is not possible: you have not a man in all
- Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.
- No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft
- man in Athens.
- Yea and the best person too; and he is a very
- paramour for a sweet voice.
- You must say 'paragon:' a paramour is, God bless us,
- a thing of naught.
- [Enter SNUG]
- Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and
- there is two or three lords and ladies more married:
- if our sport had gone forward, we had all been made
- O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence a
- day during his life; he could not have 'scaped
- sixpence a day: an the duke had not given him
- sixpence a day for playing Pyramus, I'll be hanged;
- he would have deserved it: sixpence a day in
- Pyramus, or nothing.
- [Enter BOTTOM]
- Where are these lads? where are these hearts?
- Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy hour!
- Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but ask me not
- what; for if I tell you, I am no true Athenian. I
- will tell you every thing, right as it fell out.
- Let us hear, sweet Bottom.
- Not a word of me. All that I will tell you is, that
- the duke hath dined. Get your apparel together,
- good strings to your beards, new ribbons to your
- pumps; meet presently at the palace; every man look
- o'er his part; for the short and the long is, our
- play is preferred. In any case, let Thisby have
- clean linen; and let not him that plays the lion
- pair his nails, for they shall hang out for the
- lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions
- nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I
- do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet
- comedy. No more words: away! go, away!