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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 appeal and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.

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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.

He remains the “bully Bottom” he has been from the start, bubbling over, grandiose. Shakespeare does not, like many playwrights then and now, switch his characters this way and that, first good, then bad, depending on the dramatic needs of his play. But Bottom’s dream is—as we have witnessed him experiencing it— too much for an untrained, unlearned, deeply plebian mind to encompass. Bottom fairly stutters as he reaches for words, beginning to soar and then confounded by his stark inability to go farther.

Shakespeare does not, like many playwrights then and now, switch his characters this way and that, first good, then bad, depending on the dramatic needs of his play. But Bottom’s dream is—as we have witnessed him experiencing it— too much for an untrained, unlearned, deeply plebian mind to encompass. Bottom fairly stutters as he reaches for words, beginning to soar and then confounded by his stark inability to go farther. He pauses, regroups, and does the same thing over and over. It is marvelously in character; it is wonderfully fulfilling of the narrative and the quivering, resonant depths of dramatic structure.

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