A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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THESEUS

I wonder if the lion be to speak.

THESEUS

I wonder if the lion’s going to talk.

DEMETRIUS

No wonder, my lord. One lion may when many asses do.

DEMETRIUS

It wouldn’t surprise me, my lord. If these asses can speak, a lion should be able to.
Exeunt PROLOGUE, PYRAMUS, THISBE, LION, and MOONSHINE
PROLOGUE, THISBE, LION, and MOONSHINE exit.

WALL

(played by SNOUT) In this same interlude it doth befall
150That I, one Snout by name, present a wall.
And such a wall, as I would have you think,
That had in it a crannied hole, or chink,
Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe,
Did whisper often very secretly.
155This loam, this roughcast, and this stone doth show
That I am that same wall. The truth is so.
And this the cranny is, right and sinister,
Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper.

WALL

(played by SNOUT) At this point I, Snout, play a wall. But not just any wall. I want you to understand that I’m pretending to be a kind of wall that has a little hole in it. The lovers Pyramus and Thisbe often whispered very secretly through that hole. This clay, this cement, and this stone that I’m carrying around show that I’m that wall. It’s the truth. And this is the crack, right side and left side (points with two fingers), through which the frightened lovers will be whispering.

THESEUS

Would you desire lime and hair to speak better?

THESEUS

Can you imagine cement and stone talking better?

DEMETRIUS

160It is the wittiest partition that ever I heard discourse, my lord.

DEMETRIUS

It’s the smartest partition I’ve ever heard speak, my lord.
Enter PYRAMUS
PYRAMUS enters.

THESEUS

Pyramus draws near the wall. Silence!

THESEUS

Pyramus is coming up to the wall. Be quiet!

PYRAMUS

(played by BOTTOM)
O grim-looked night! O night with hue so black!
165O night, which ever art when day is not!
O night, O night! Alack, alack, alack,

PYRAMUS

(played by BOTTOM) Oh, grim-looking night! Oh, night that is so black in color! Oh night, which is always there when it is not day! Oh night! Oh night! So sad, sad, sad,