[Athens. QUINCE'S house.]
[Enter QUINCE, FLUTE, SNOUT, and STARVELING]
Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he come home yet?
He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is
If he come not, then the play is marred: it goes 5
not forward, doth it?
It is not possible: you have not a man in all
Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.
No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft
man in Athens. 10
Yea and the best person too; and he is a very
paramour for a sweet voice.
You must say 'paragon:' a paramour is, God bless us,
a thing of naught.
Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and 15
there is two or three lords and ladies more married:
if our sport had gone forward, we had all been made
O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence a
day during his life; he could not have 'scaped 20
sixpence a day: an the duke had not given him
sixpence a day for playing Pyramus, I'll be hanged;
he would have deserved it: sixpence a day in
Pyramus, or nothing.
Where are these lads? where are these hearts? 25
Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy hour!
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. 30
Let us hear, sweet Bottom.