Demetrius to Helena: he fights Lysander for her. Helena: all the counsel that we two have shared 198. Bottom You, ladies, you whose gentle hearts do fear The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor, May now perchance both quake and tremble here, When lion rough in wildest rage doth roar. But, as Hermia comments, lovers must persevere, treating their difficulties as a price that must be paid for romantic bliss. Sweet, do not scorn her so.
Cupid is a knavish lad: knavish has two connotations: dishonest, unprincipled; unscrupulous, villainous or mischievous, waggish; roguish. He will not know what all but he do know. My fairy lord, this must be done with haste, 379. Love is a force that characters cannot control. Can you not hate me, as I know you do, But you must join in souls to mock me too? What night-rule now about this haunted grove? Titania to Bottom: she orders her fairies to get him everything he desires.
Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast, And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger; At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there, Troop home to churchyards. Helena describes Hermia as she pleads with the men to defend her from Hermia's jealous rage. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. No, no; he'll Seem to break loose; take on as you would follow, But yet come not: you are a tame man, go! I pray thee, tell me then that he is well. I know not by what power I am made bold,. We, Hermia, like two artificial gods, Have with our needles created both one flower, Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, Both warbling of one song, both in one key, As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds, Had been incorporate.
In this lesson, we will work through a series of quotes to get a better understanding of Hermia, and her place in the world. Bottom, his ass's head removed, awakes and tries to make sense of his experiences. Puck tells Oberon that it's almost dawn. Quince's words as he runs away from the ass-headed Bottom. Theseus' warning to Hermia of what could become of her if she doesn't agree to marry the man her father has chosen for her. She is even prepared to give up her family and way of life to marry Lysander, agreeing to elope with him into the forest.
Puck boasts that he has fixed everything with the lovers. Ironically, he uses this comparison to reassure Hermia that hope is not lost. If you were men, as men you are in show, You would not use a gentle lady so; To vow, and swear, and superpraise my parts, When I am sure you hate me with your hearts. And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes, So I, admiring of his qualities. Here, Hermia is pushing against the boundaries placed against her by a patriarchal society that doesn't consider a woman's right to choose for herself.
Shine comforts from the east, That I may back to Athens by daylight, From these that my poor company detest: And sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow's eye, Steal me awhile from mine own company. He acts as a foil to the fair and even-handed Theseus. So, goodnight unto you all. Hermia continues to defend Lysander even when he has told her that he no longer loves her. In the play's opening scene, we discover that Theseus and Hippolyta are about to be married because Theseus conquered Hippolyta and her people the Amazons.
The raging rocks And shivering shocks Shall break the locks Of prison gates. O, why rebuke you him that loves you so? Helena notes that she is just as beautiful as Hermia, but does not appear so to Demetrius because love colors his perception. That fallen am I in dark uneven way, And here will rest me. Have you no modesty, no maiden shame, No touch of bashfulness? The strong friendship between Helena and Hermia quickly disintegrated when they became involved with the two men. This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss! Hermia and Helena's relationship has changed greatly after the intervention of Puck with the love potion.
With league whose date till death shall never end. And, as I am an honest Puck, If we have unearned luck Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, We will make amends ere long, Else the Puck a liar call. If you have any pity, grace, or manners, 242. His proposal to bring the full force of the law on his daughter—the penalty of death for disobeying his orders—demonstrates this. For if I should as lion come in strife Into this place, 'twere pity on my life.
This idea resurfaces again just a few moments later when Theseus determines that a young woman must marry against her will the man her father has chosen for her. And Phoebus' car Shall shine from far And make and mar The foolish Fates. This is the woman, but not this the man. I wonder if Titania be awaked; Then, what it was that next came in her eye, Which she must dote on in extremity. Ay me, for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth.