A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 2

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Enter QUINCE the carpenter, and SNUG the joiner, and BOTTOM the weaver, and FLUTE the bellows-mender, and SNOUT the tinker, and STARVELING the tailor
QUINCE, the carpenter, enters with SNUG, the cabinetmaker; BOTTOM, the weaver; FLUTE, the bellows-repairman; SNOUT, the handyman; and STARVELING, the tailor.

QUINCE

Is all our company here?

QUINCE

Is everyone here?

BOTTOM

You were best to call them generally, man by man, according to the scrip.

BOTTOM

You should call their names

generally,

Bottom means “individually,” not “generally. Bottom frequently makes mistakes with words.

generally,
one person at a time, in the order in which their names appear on this piece of paper.

QUINCE

Here is the scroll of every man’s name which is thought fit, through all Athens, to play in our interlude before the duke and the duchess, on his wedding day at night.

QUINCE

This is a list of the names of all the men in Athens who are good enough to act in the play we’re going to perform for the duke and duchess on their wedding night.

BOTTOM

First, good Peter Quince, say what the play treats on, then read the names of the actors, and so grow to a point.

BOTTOM

First, Peter Quince, tell us what the play is about, then read the names of the actors, and then shut up.

QUINCE

5Marry, our play is The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe.

QUINCE

All right. Our play is called A Very Tragic Comedy About the Horrible Deaths of Pyramus and Thisbe.

BOTTOM

A very good piece of work, I assure you, and a merry.—Now, good Peter Quince, call forth your actors by the scroll.—Masters, spread yourselves.

BOTTOM

Let me tell you, it’s a great piece of work, and very—funny.—Now, Peter Quince, call the names of the actors on the list. Men, gather around him.

QUINCE

Answer as I call you.—Nick Bottom, the weaver?

QUINCE

Answer when I call your name.—Nick Bottom, the weaver?

BOTTOM

Ready. Name what part I am for and proceed.

BOTTOM

Here. Tell me which part I’m going to play, then go on.

QUINCE

You, Nick Bottom, are set down for Pyramus.

QUINCE

You, Nick Bottom, have been cast as Pyramus.