A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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ROBIN

410 (as DEMETRIUS)
Here, villain. Drawn and ready. Where art thou?

ROBIN

(in DEMETRIUS’s voice) I’m over here, you villain, with my sword out and ready to fight. Where are you?

LYSANDER

I will be with thee straight.

LYSANDER

I’m coming.

ROBIN

(as DEMETRIUS) Follow me then
To plainer ground.

ROBIN

(in DEMETRIUS’s voice) Let’s go to a flatter area where we can fight more easily.
Exit LYSANDER
LYSANDER exits.
Enter DEMETRIUS
DEMETRIUS enters.

DEMETRIUS

  Lysander, speak again!
415Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled?
Speak! In some bush? Where dost thou hide thy head?

DEMETRIUS

Lysander, say something! You coward, did you run away from me? Say something! Are you behind some bush? Where are you hiding?

ROBIN

(as LYSANDER) Thou coward, art thou bragging to the stars,
Telling the bushes that thou look’st for wars,
And wilt not come? Come, recreant. Come, thou child!
420I’ll whip thee with a rod. He is defiled
That draws a sword on thee.

ROBIN

(in LYSANDER’s voice) You coward, are you bragging to the stars and telling the bushes that you want a fight, but then you won’t come and fight me? Come here, you coward! Come here, you child! I’ll beat you with a stick. It would be shameful to fight you with a sword, the way I would fight with a real man.

DEMETRIUS

    Yea, art thou there?

DEMETRIUS

Are you there?

ROBIN

(as LYSANDER)
Follow my voice. We’ll try no manhood here.

ROBIN

(in LYSANDER’s voice) Follow my voice. This isn’t a good place to fight.
Exeunt
They exit.
Enter LYSANDER
LYSANDER enters.

LYSANDER

He goes before me and still dares me on.
425When I come where he calls, then he is gone.
The villain is much lighter-heeled than I.
I followed fast, but faster he did fly,
That fallen am I in dark uneven way,

LYSANDER

He’s walking ahead of me, and he keeps daring me to follow him. When I reach the place he’s calling from, he disappears. This villain is much quicker than I am. I ran after him fast, but he ran away from me faster, so that now here I am in some dark part of the forest where the ground is uneven.