A weak bond holds you: I'll not trust your word. You perhaps may think, Because she is something lower than myself, That I can match her. Oberon commands Puck to find the Athenian couple and put the potion on their eyes as they sleep. After this, the students will have to think about the story and challenge their grammar skills to guess what are the missing words in the text. Would he have stolen away From sleeping Hermia? Hermia is alarmed at the thought of Lysander being killed and immediately tries to ease the peace by saying that fighting will get them nowhere. Because this scene is set in a wood I would have a very magical but dark, gloomy setting. You both are rivals, and love Hermia; And now both rivals, to mock Helena: A trim exploit, a manly enterprise, To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes With your derision! But why did you leave me so cruelly? Helena tries to soothe Hermia while the guys hold Hermia back to keep her from gouging out Helena's eyes.
Enter Puck with the answer. Lord, what fools these mortals be! Then she accuses Demetrius of killing her fiancé, which he doesn't exactly deny, even though we know he hasn't killed anyone. I'll believe as soon 54-55. Just then Hermia and Demetrius come by, and Oberon tells Puck that this is the man he meant. This sport, well carried, shall be chronicled.
Do you want me to hurt her, hit her, kill her? This green plot shall be our stage, this hawthorn-brake our tiring-house; and we will do it in action as we will do it before the duke. Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a fray! No, sir, she shall not, though you take her part. To where has Lysander disappeared when Hermia awakes? Immediately they begin an argument, with both of them accusing each other of infidelity and jealousy. He followed you and I followed him out of love. Why should he stay, whom love doth press to go? He figured that leaving Hermia sleeping alone in the woods in the middle of the night would send a clear enough message that he hates her.
The scene is confusing and the four young lovers seem indistinguishable for a reason—Shakespeare is basically telling us that all lovers are alike. If you have any pity, grace, or manners, 242. When both men say this, they should try to be manlier although still looking lovingly at Helena. Demetrius develops during the course of the play. My heart to her but as guest-wise sojourn'd, And now to Helen is it home return'd, 1210 There to remain.
I am amazed, and know not what to say. As she tells the men this, she should say it snidely and as though she was a victim of Hermias torment. I see you all are bent To set against me for your merriment. Henceforth be never number'd among men! Lysander should then stand fairly close and stare at her. She too goes to sleep.
Now I perceive that she hath made compare Between our statures; she hath urged her height; 317. Still, Oberon wants the job done already—no delays. Various suggestions have been made to complete the metre, but the pause probably accounts for the syllable wanting. Did not you tell me I should know the man By the Athenian garments he had on? You perhaps may think, Because she is something lower than myself, That I can match her. Why is he saying that to a woman he hates? Lysander and Demetrius, Helena and Hermia, each of them switches roles and becomes the other person.
He instructs Puck to lure each man in a different direction by imitating his enemy's voice. You perhaps may think, Because she is something lower than myself, That I can match her. Neptune: god of the sea. I had rather give his carcass to my hounds. Act Three, Scene Three Robin leads both men until they fall asleep on the ground. No, sir, she shall not, though you take her part.
For briers and thorns at their apparel snatch, Some sleeves, some hats—from yielders all things catch. She'd like to just get back to Athens and forget the whole thing. Lysander, back on stage, wonders where on earth Demetrius has gone. Come hither: I am here. That, when he waked, of force she must be eyed. Puck found Bottom to be the dullest, so he transformed his head into that of a donkey.
Demetrius and Lysander begin to quarrel over Helena even more intensely, at which point Hermia breaks in and tries to stop Lysander. Wherefore speaks he this 230 To her he hates? In the distance the morning star, which appears just before the dawn, is shining, and all the ghosts that wander in the night are marching back to their graveyards. Ghosts are returning to their graves, and all the wicked things that night allows are coming to a close. Are you bragging to the stars and telling the bushes that you're looking for a fight, but then you won't actually come find me? When he speaks to her he will just keep staring and looking at her. So we grew together Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, But yet an union in partition, 215 Two lovely berries molded on one stem; So with two seeming bodies but one heart, Two of the first, like coats in heraldry, Due but to one, and crownèd with one crest. She should say it almost pleadingly, begging them to stop arguing. What, can you do me greater harm than hate? So should a murderer look, so dead, so grim.
When you wake, if she is by, Beg of her the remedy. So should the murder'd look, and so should I, Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty: 62. O, once tell true, tell true, even for my sake! Helena is here at hand, And the youth that I mistook Pleading for a loving look. She will also keep scrubbing at her lips with her hands. But Helena says her love for Demetrius makes it hard to leave.