A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Act 4, Scene 2
Athens. A room in Quince’s house.
- Enter Quince, Thisbe Flute, and the rabble Snout,
- Have you sent to Bottom’s house? Is he come home yet?
- He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is transported.
Flute5 - 6
- If he come not, then the play is marr’d. It goes not
- forward, doth it?
Quince7 - 8
- It is not possible. You have not a man in all Athens able to
- discharge Pyramus but he.
Flute9 - 10
- No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in
Quince11 - 12
- Yea, and the best person too; and he is a very paramour for
- a sweet voice.
Flute13 - 14
- You must say “paragon.” A paramour is (God bless us!) a
- thing of naught.
- Enter Snug the joiner.
Snug16 - 18
- 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.
Flute19 - 23
- O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence a day
- during his life; he could not have scap’d sixpence a day.
- And the Duke had not given him sixpence a day for playing
- Pyramus, I’ll be hang’d. He would have deserv’d it. Sixpence
- a day in Pyramus, or nothing.
- Enter Bottom.
- Where are these lads? Where are these hearts?
- Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy hour!
Bottom27 - 29
- Masters, I am to discourse wonders; but ask me not what; for
- if I tell you, I am no true Athenian. I will tell you every
- thing, right as it fell out.
- Let us hear, sweet Bottom.
Bottom31 - 40
- Not a word of me. All that I will tell you is, that the Duke
- hath din’d. Get your apparel together, good strings to your
- beards, new ribands to your pumps; meet presently at the
- palace; every man look o’er his part; for the short and the
- long is, our play is preferr’d. In any case, let Thisbe have
- clean linen; and let not him that plays the lion pare his
- nails, for they shall hang out for the lion’s claws. And,
- most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to
- utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say,
- it is a sweet comedy. No more words. Away, go, away!