A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 2

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Enter QUINCE, FLUTE, SNOUT, and STARVELING
QUINCE, FLUTE, SNOUT, and STARVELING enter.

QUINCE

Have you sent to Bottom’s house? Is he come home yet?

QUINCE

Have you sent anyone to Bottom’s house? Has he come home yet?

STARVELING

He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is transported.

STARVELING

No one’s heard from him. I’m sure he’s been kidnapped.

FLUTE

If he come not, then the play is marred. It goes not forward. Doth it?

FLUTE

If he doesn’t show up, the play is ruined. It won’t go on. Will it?

QUINCE

It is not possible. You have not a man in all Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.

QUINCE

No, it would be impossible. He’s the only person in Athens who can play Pyramus.

FLUTE

5No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in Athens.

FLUTE

Definitely. He’s quite simply the smartest working-man in Athens.

QUINCE

Yea, and the best person too. And he is a very paramour for a sweet voice.

QUINCE

Yes, and the best looking too. And his voice is the paramour of sweetness.

FLUTE

You must say “paragon.” A “paramour” is, God bless us, a thing of naught.

FLUTE

You mean “paragon.” A

“paramour”

paramour = lover

“paramour”
is something bad.
Enter SNUG
SNUG enters.

SNUG

Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and there is two or three lords and ladies more married. If our sport had gone forward, we had all been made men.

SNUG

The duke’s leaving the temple. Two or three more lords and ladies have been married too. If we’d been able to put on our play, we would have had it made.

FLUTE

O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence a day during his life. He could not have ’scaped sixpence a day. An the duke had not given him sixpence a day for playing Pyramus, I’ll be hanged.

FLUTE

Oh that great, funny guy, Bottom! He would have gotten a pension of six pence a day for his whole life. Six pence a day would’ve been forced on him. I’ll be damned if the duke wouldn’t have given him six pence a day for playing Pyramus.