A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 4, Scene 2
4. transported: carried off by fairies; or, possibly, transformed
8. discharge: successfully perform the role of.
Enter QUINCE, Thisby [FLUTE], and the rabble
1Have you sent to Bottom's house ? Is he come
3He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is
5If he come not, then the play is marred: it goes
6not forward, doth it?
7It is not possible: you have not a man in all
8Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.
9. wit: intellect.
9No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft
10man in Athens.
11. best person: best looks.
11Yea and the best person too; and he is a very
12. paramour: lover.
12paramour for a sweet voice.
13. "paragon": a person who serves as a model of some quality. a thing of naught: something wicked.
13You must say "paragon": a paramour is, God bless us,
14a thing of naught.
Enter SNUG the joiner.
15Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and
16there is two or three lords and ladies more married:
17-18. sport: entertainment. we had all been made / men: our fortunes would have been made.
17if our sport had gone forward, we had all been made
19-21. lost / sixpence a day: i.e., lost a potential royal pension. he could not have scap'd: he would not have gotten less (than sixpence a day). 21. an: if.
19O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost
20sixpence a day during his life; he could not
21have 'scaped sixpence a day: an the duke had not
22given him sixpence a day for playing Pyramus, I'll be
23hanged; he would have deserved it: sixpence a day in
24Pyramus, or nothing.
25Where are these lads? where are these
26. hearts: mates; good fellows.
27. courageous: blunder for "brave" meaning "splendid."
27Bottom! O most courageous day! O most
29. am to discourse wonders: have wonders to recount.
29Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but ask
30me not what; for if I tell you, I am no true
31. right: exactly, just.
31Athenian. I will tell you every thing, right as
32it fell out.
33Let us hear, sweet Bottom.
34. of: out of, from.
34Not a word of me. All that I will tell you is, that
35the duke hath dined. Get your apparel together,
36. strings: (to attach their false beards to play their parts). ribands: ribbons. 37. presently: immediately.
36good strings to your beards, new ribands to your
37pumps; meet presently at the palace; every man look
38o'er his part; for the short and the long is, our
39. preferr'd: selected for consideration, recommended, put forward.
39play is preferr'd. In any case, let Thisby have
40clean linen; and let not him that plays the lion
41pair his nails, for they shall hang out for the
42lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions
43nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I
44do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet
45comedy. No more words: away! go, away!