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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Poster

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Bottom: I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream; past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Methought I was - -man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was - -and methought I had - -man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say

[chuckling]

Bottom: what methought I was and what methought I had.

[breaks into uncontrollable laughter and suddenly brays like a jackass]

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Lysander: Hermia, the course of true love never did run smooth.

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Puck: Lord, what fools these mortals be!

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Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Lysander, yield your crazed title to my certain right.

Lysander: You have her father's love, Demetrius. Let me have Hermia's. You marry him.

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Quince, the Carpenter: Nick Bottom, you are set down for... Pyramus.

Bottom: I play Pyramus! I play Pyramus! I play Pyramus!... What is Pyramus?

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Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Where are Lysander and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay; the other slayeth me.

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Quince, the Carpenter: Come, sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts. And we will do it in action as we will do it before the duke. Pyramus, you begin.

Bottom: Well, I begin. Oh, Thisny!

Quince, the Carpenter: And when you have spoken your speech...

Bottom: Then I stop.

Quince, the Carpenter: No, no.

Bottom: Well, then I go on.

Quince, the Carpenter: No, no! Then you enter into that brake; and so everyone according to his cue. Thisby! Stand forth. Speak, Pyramus.

Bottom: Oh, Thisny, the flowers -...

Quince, the Carpenter: "Oh, Thisby."

Bottom: This-nee.

Quince, the Carpenter: This-bee!

Bottom: Nay!

Quince, the Carpenter: Ay!

Bottom: Nay!

Quince, the Carpenter: Ay!

Bottom: This

[he pulls his copy of the script from his waist]

Bottom: ... This

[he reads the scroll and scowls]

Bottom: ... This... neebay. "The flowers of odious - -"

Quince, the Carpenter: Odorous, odorous!

Bottom: Odorous, odorous. The flowers odi - - the flowers odorous savors sweet. "Oh, Thisby, the flowers of odorous savors sweet; so have thy breath...

[He gets a whiff of Flute's breath and recoils]

Bottom: Oh, Thisby, my dearest Thisby dear. But hark!"

[Flute erupts into a coughing fit. Bottom throws down his scroll, storms off, and is led back by Quince. He points accusatively at Flute]

Bottom: Thisny!

Quince, the Carpenter: [handing back Bottom's scroll] Thisby.

Bottom: "But hark, a voice! Stay you but here a while, and by and by I will to you appear."

[He exits the wrong way]

Quince, the Carpenter: Into that brake!

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Flute, the Bellows-Mender: "I'll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny's tomb."

Quince, the Carpenter: Ninny's?

Flute, the Bellows-Mender: Ninny's.

Quince, the Carpenter: Ninny's.

Flute, the Bellows-Mender: Ninny's.

Quince, the Carpenter: "Ninus' tomb", man!

Flute, the Bellows-Mender: [Flute begins to repeat Quince's words and gestures] Ninus' tomb, man!

Quince, the Carpenter: But you must not speak that yet!

Flute, the Bellows-Mender: But you must not speak that yet!

Quince, the Carpenter: Ohhh...

Flute, the Bellows-Mender: Ohhh...

Quince, the Carpenter: That you answer to Pyramus!

Flute, the Bellows-Mender: That you answer to Pyramus!

Quince, the Carpenter: You speak all your part at once, cues and all!

Flute, the Bellows-Mender: You speak all your part at once, cues... I won't play anymore.

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Bottom: To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.

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Lysander: Helena, I love you, by my life I do!

Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: I say I love you more than he can do!

Lysander: If you say so, withdraw, and prove it too.

Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Come!

Lysander: Come!

Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Quick!

Lysander: Quick!

Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Come quick!

Lysander: Quick, come!

[They draw swords]

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Hermia, in Love with Lysander: [to Helena] How low am I, you painted maypole? Speak! How low am I? I am not yet so low but that my nails can reach into your eyes!

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Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: [Puck is leading Demetrius astray through a fog] Lysander! Speak again! You runaway. You coward. Are you fled?

Puck: You coward! Are you bragging to the stars? Telling the bushes that you look for wars, and wilt not come?

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Oberon, King of the Fairies: Ill-met by moonlight, proud Titania!

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Starveling - the Tailor: [Precariously gets up onto a chair, holding up a lantern to speak as the moon, and a thorn bush tied to a dog's collar in his other hand; all cheer as he manages to stand on the chair] This lanthorn doth the horned moon present; Myself the man...

Theseus - Duke of Athens: He should have worn horns on his head.

Starveling - the Tailor: This lanthorn doth the horned moon present; Myself the man i' the moon do seem to be. This do...

Theseus - Duke of Athens: This is the greatest error of all the rest: the man should be put into the lantern.

Starveling - the Tailor: This lan...

Theseus - Duke of Athens: How is it else the man i' the moon?

Starveling - the Tailor: This lantern doth...

Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons - Betrothed to Theseus: I am so weary of this moon: would he would change!

Starveling - the Tailor: [Near tears] This lantern...

Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Proceed, Moon.

Starveling - the Tailor: [sighs, then speaks very quickly] All that I have to say, is, to tell you that the lantern is the moon; I, the man in the moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this dog, my dog.

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Starveling - the Tailor: [Precariously gets up onto a chair, holding up a lantern to speak as the moon, and a thorn bush tied to a dog's collar in his other hand; all cheer as he manages to stand on the chair] This lantern doth the horned moon present; Myself the man...

Theseus - Duke of Athens: He should have worn horns on his head.

Starveling - the Tailor: This lantern doth the horned moon present; Myself the man i' the moon do seem to be. This do...

Theseus - Duke of Athens: This is the greatest error of all the rest: the man should be put into the lantern.

Starveling - the Tailor: This lan...

Theseus - Duke of Athens: How is it else the man i' the moon?

Starveling - the Tailor: This lantern doth...

Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons - Betrothed to Theseus: I am so weary of this moon: would he would change!

Starveling - the Tailor: [Near tears] This lantern...

Lysander: Proceed, Moon.

Starveling - the Tailor: [sighs, then speaks very quickly] All that I have to say, is, to tell you that the lantern is the moon; I, the man in the moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this dog, my dog.

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