An Easier Way to Study Hard

Bartleby Woman on Laptop Sponsored

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

LYSANDER
(to HERMIA) Get you gone, you dwarf,
340You minimus of hindering knotgrass made,
You bead, you acorn!
LYSANDER
(to HERMIA) Get lost, you dwarf, you tiny little weed, you scrap, you acorn!
DEMETRIUS
    You are too officious
In her behalf that scorns your services.
Let her alone. Speak not of Helena.
Take not her part. For if thou dost intend
345Never so little show of love to her,
Thou shalt aby it.
DEMETRIUS
You’re doing too much to defend a woman who wants nothing to do with you. Leave Hermia alone. Don’t talk about Helena. Don’t take Helena’s side. If you continue treating Hermia so badly, you’ll pay for it.
LYSANDER
  Now she holds me not.
Now follow, if thou darest, to try whose right,
Of thine or mine, is most in Helena.
LYSANDER
Hermia’s not holding onto me anymore. Follow me if you’re brave enough, and we’ll fight over Helena.
DEMETRIUS
“Follow”? Nay, I’ll go with thee, cheek by jowl.
DEMETRIUS
“Follow”? No, I’ll walk right next to you, side by side.
Exeunt LYSANDER and DEMETRIUS
DEMETRIUS and LYSANDER exit.
HERMIA
350You, mistress, all this coil is long of you.
Nay, go not back.
HERMIA
All this fighting is because of you. Stay where you are.
HELENA
  I will not trust you, I,
Nor longer stay in your curst company.
Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray.
My legs are longer though, to run away.
HELENA
I’m not sticking around here any more. I don’t trust you. You might be a better fighter than I am, but my legs are longer and I can run away faster.
Exit HELENA
HELENA exits.
HERMIA
355I am amazed and know not what to say.
HERMIA
I just can’t believe any of this. I don’t know what to say.
Exit HERMIA
HERMIA exits.
OBERON
(to ROBIN) This is thy negligence. Still thou mistakest,
Or else committ’st thy knaveries willfully.
OBERON
(to ROBIN) This is all your fault. You make mistakes constantly, or else you cause this kind of trouble on purpose.