A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 4, Scene 2



Quince, Snug, Bottom,
Flute, Snout, and Starveling









4. transported: carried off by fairies; or, possibly, transformed





8. discharge: successfully perform the role of.
           Enter QUINCE, Thisby [FLUTE], and the rabble
           [SNOUT, STARVELING].

      QUINCE
  1   Have you sent to Bottom's house ? Is he come
  2   home yet?

      STARVELING
  3   He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is
  4   transported.

      FLUTE
  5   If he come not, then the play is marred: it goes
  6   not forward, doth it?

      QUINCE
  7   It is not possible: you have not a man in all
  8   Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.

      FLUTE
9. wit: intellect.
  9   No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft
 10   man in Athens.

      QUINCE
11.  best person: best looks.
 11   Yea and the best person too; and he is a very
12.  paramour: lover.
 12   paramour for a sweet voice.

      FLUTE
13. "paragon": a person who serves as a model of some quality. a thing of naught: something wicked.
 13   You must say "paragon": a paramour is, God bless us,
 14   a thing of naught.

           Enter SNUG the joiner.

      SNUG
 15   Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and
 16   there 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.
 17   if our sport had gone forward, we had all been made
 18   men.

      FLUTE
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.
 19   O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost
 20   sixpence a day during his life; he could not
 21   have 'scaped sixpence a day: an the duke had not
 22   given him sixpence a day for playing Pyramus, I'll be
 23   hanged; he would have deserved it: sixpence a day in
 24   Pyramus, or nothing.

           Enter BOTTOM.

      BOTTOM
 25   Where are these lads? where are these
26. hearts: mates; good fellows.
 26   hearts?

      QUINCE
27. courageous: blunder for "brave" meaning "splendid."
 27   Bottom! O most courageous day! O most
 28   happy hour!

      BOTTOM
29. am to discourse wonders: have wonders to recount.
 29   Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but ask
 30   me not what; for if I tell you, I am no true
31. right: exactly, just.
 31   Athenian. I will tell you every thing, right as
 32   it fell out.

      QUINCE
 33   Let us hear, sweet Bottom.

      BOTTOM
34. of: out of, from.
 34   Not a word of me. All that I will tell you is, that
 35   the duke hath dined. Get your apparel together,
36. strings: (to attach their false beards to play their parts). ribands: ribbons. 37. presently: immediately.
 36   good strings to your beards, new ribands to your
 37   pumps; meet presently at the palace; every man look
 38   o'er his part; for the short and the long is, our
39. preferr'd: selected for consideration, recommended, put forward.
 39   play is preferr'd. In any case, let Thisby have
 40   clean linen; and let not him that plays the lion
 41   pair his nails, for they shall hang out for the
 42   lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions
 43   nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I
 44   do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet
 45   comedy. No more words: away! go, away!

           [Exeunt.]