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A Midsummer-night's Dream
A Midsummer-night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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cleoh
A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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I realized I never posted this bookish tattoo! This is from when it was fresh and swollen, but it‘s healed quite nicely! That makes 3 bookish tattoos, 8 total 😍

tpixie Cool! What‘s the reference? 3w
cleoh @tpixie it‘s line 325 of act 3 scene 2 in A Midsummer Night‘s Dream: “And though she but little she is fierce”! 3w
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tpixie @cleoh awesome!!! ♥️🥳📚♥️ 3w
LiteraryinLititz That is SOOOO cool!!! I love that line but that‘s a really creative way to show it. 3w
cleoh @LiteraryinLititz thank you!!! I‘ve wanted to get this quote tattoo since I was 15, but was always a little unsure how I wanted to express it! I love this one though, because only I know what it refers to! 3w
ImperfectCJ I love that quote! Classy way to ink it, too. I wonder if there are cool quotes at that location in others of his plays...now I have to go look! 3w
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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs Love this art 💗🤗👏🏻👏🏻🥰 1mo
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Eggs
A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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Image: chicagoontheaisle.com

Nick Bottom: One of Shakespeare‘s #poormisguidedfools

#redroseseptember

@Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan

Ruthiella Perfect!😍 2mo
Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
arlenefinnigan Ha ! Excellent. 2mo
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Soscha
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There are only a few books I own that I‘ll put on eczema gloves to read. This is one of them. The illustrations are exquisite. Too bad I take such awful pictures. It isn‘t one of my prime valuable books but I don‘t want to Cheeto-finger it.

Now for the play itself: it has it moments but I wouldn‘t consider this one of his more feminist-friendly texts. I look forward to viewing a few different versions though. #SummersEndReadathon #24B4Monday

jb72 Beautiful artwork! 2mo
TheReadingMermaid 😍😍😍 2mo
Andrew65 Wonderful art work. 😍 2mo
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Soscha
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Some prep reading for tomorrow‘s #24B4Monday. I long ago vowed to read the entirety of Shakespeare‘s plays. I‘m only up to “A Midsummer‘s Night Dream, but that works about okay since it will qualify as a “Summer” read!

jb72 That‘s a hefty stack! Glad to have you aboard! 2mo
TheReadingMermaid Holy moly! You got this girl!!! 2mo
Andrew65 Definitely a Summer Read. Good luck with the Readathon and your hefty stack. 😊👍 2mo
Clwojick Look at those pups! 😍 2mo
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BookFairy1519
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These Folger Shakespeare Library books are so great for reading Shakespeare plays! They have extensive notes and explanations, and the “translations” on the side of the pages are incredibly helpful. Also, the covers are gorgeous. Looking forward to reading this one! 🤓

#toberead #tbr #shakespeare

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ReadingTimeWithRimmy
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The voice overs was ehhh for this book on Scribd. I mean don‘t get me wrong I love Shakespeare‘s work, but some voices were annoying lol. This book completes my #NEWTsReadathon2019 (A) prompt on Care of Magical Creatures.

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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen Preach!!!!! 4mo
TrishB My sister brought me a necklace for my 50th with this in a charm! 4mo
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB my husband claims he bought me a t shirt with this on for Christmas but it never arrived. I don't believe him. 4mo
TrishB @arlenefinnigan 😂😂 4mo
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jmtrivera
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This weekend, the #EclecticReaders book club turns 10 years old! We have been celebrating with literary events and cocktails and visiting literary locations in D.C. The top is some poetry I made at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the bottom was a collaborative effort by the club. 😊

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Bradleygirl I'm impressed you can keep track of the characters by audio! I tried with Richard III but couldn't quite. It's lovely though bc they are meant to be performed! 4mo
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Eggs
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🎶As we sang in the dark rooms
Happy just to play our tunes
It felt good when we got it right
It felt good on a hot summer night
Ooh hot summer nights🎶

“Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time.”

#hotsummernight #songsofsummer @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 I love A Midsummer Night‘s Dream! 4mo
Bookwomble William Blake feels like just the right Illustrator for A Midsummer Night's Dream 😊🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️ 4mo
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ladym30 Love this!❤️ 4mo
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Graywacke
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Not every day I get this one to cuddle up with me.

As for the play, maybe it would have read better to read it all in one go instead of stretching it out over five weeks, but then I wouldn‘t have had all the fun of the #shakespearereadalong. Any way I read it, though, it‘s still the most charming play I‘ve read of the bard, with his most charming troublemaker in Puck.

SassyBookworm Your cat has gorgeous eyes 😍 4mo
Crazeedi Black kitties have 'tude, just sayin, love them 4mo
batsy Not sure who's more charming, Puck or this very cool cat! 4mo
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merelybookish That cat could cast a spell! (And I agree on the timing. Maybe we should speed up the next comedy..but we've always done an act/a week.) 4mo
Graywacke @SassyBookworm she‘s a sneaky one. Don‘t trust those eyes. 🙂 4mo
Graywacke @Crazeedi they do, she does. We have another black one too (well, tuxedo). Yeah, love those critters. 4mo
Graywacke @batsy definitely Puck 🤣 If this one, Nikki, had his magical powers... 4mo
Graywacke @merelybookish she has been practicing spells in her spare time. No worries on the #Shakespearereadalong. I like the pace and this is the first time I had trouble. And...I can always read ahead. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I stretched it out when I read this in high school and as a result, I didn't retain much. :) 4mo
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant sacrilege! 🤣 I seriously am not sure I even read my assigned Shakespeare in high school, much less remembered them. ... But I didn‘t have an opportunity to not read this one, it wasn‘t assigned. We only had R&J and Julius Caesar. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I had a few chapters of R&J (weird that we weren't assigned the whole thing) and Hamlet as well. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I think I got an extra Shakespeare, because we moved when I was in grade nine. Different provinces, different curriculae. 4mo
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant bonus for getting uprooted during high school? I read Hamlet on my own a few years ago, it was spectacular. (Also spectacularly long) 4mo
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant Is two really normal? I come across so many online who read a lot of Shakespeare in grade school. I‘ve always wondered if my two in high school were a sign of the weakness of the school (it was a decent public school) or my classes. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I'm not sure about English schools actually. I went to a Francophone school, so we squeezed in what we could in our one English class lol. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I feel so behind in reading classics, because most of the books I was assigned were French. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I really loved Hamlet too. 4mo
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant But then you read French classics? I didn‘t know you were bilingual. I‘m a little jealous. ☺️ 4mo
Graywacke Classics - I also feel behind on, painfully so, but then I didn‘t read as a kid unless forced. That inadequate feeling, and the sense of playing catch-up really impacts what I choose to read. (edited) 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Graywacke I wouldn't say I'm bilingual anymore, but I can converse. 4mo
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant still, a nice too to have. 4mo
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merelybookish
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Winner of a virtual daisy chain crown and the Midsummer Night's Dream #shakespearereadalong challenge is @Lcsmcat! Congratulations Linda! Check the comments for how to reach me to claim your gc.
Thanks to all who participated! Actually virtual daisy chain crowns all around!! 😀 You'll need them as midsummer is approaching. Thanks for a fun read!
@erzascarletbookgasm @gingerantics @readordierachel @jewright @batsy @Graywacke @teainthelibrary

merelybookish Hey @Lcsmcat Send me an email with your preferred online book seller to claim your $25 gc. My email is mtillstaff @ Gmail. Congrats! 4mo
Lcsmcat Wow! Thanks! Emailing you. 4mo
batsy Nice! Yay @Lcsmcat ! Thank you for hosting @merelybookish I really enjoyed reading this. 4mo
merelybookish @batsy Me too! It was even better than I remembered! 4mo
Graywacke Cool @Lcsmcat ! Fun stuff @merelybookish , thanks. 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I enjoyed reading this whimsical play, some parts made me chuckle for it‘s hilarity, other parts made me frown for its dark undertones. The mischievous Puck is my favourite character. It is said Shakespeare‘s plays are meant to be experienced, I‘d love to see this on stage.

Glad my first #shakespearereadalong here is an entertaining read.
@merelybookish

BooknerdsLife Ah! One of my favorite Shakespeare 😍🙌🏼 and such a beautiful photo! Sad I‘ve missed the readalong :( 4mo
lover.of.the.classics Definitely one of my favorites by Shakespeare! One of my favorite parts is when the Queen is in love with the donkey headed clown 😂 4mo
readordierachel Seeing this on the stage would be so fun! 4mo
ladym30 Great photo! 4mo
merelybookish It would be wonderful to see it staged! Costume and set designers must have such fun with it. Glad you have joined us!! 4mo
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merelybookish
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Act V! And it's strange! Dabbling in human affairs is done. Instead we get the Rude Mechanicals' performance of Pyramus and Thisbe and a final fairy blessing. There is some jesting among the men. Hippolyta speaks but Helena and Hermia are entirely absent/ silent. Trickster Puck gets the last word. What do you make of this finale? Is it a happy ending? Do fairies determine our fates? Is it a lark or do darker themes prevail?
#shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Feel free to share your favourite line from Pryamus and Thisbe. One of mine: "Thus die I, thus, thus, thus." (You know Shakespeare had fun writing that scene!) Also all the illustrations used were by William Robinson Heath for a 1914 edition. And watch for a post later today to vote on our next play. We are heading back into tragedy. 4mo
merelybookish Also, tomorrow I will make a draw for the contest winner. That means one more day to get your final posts up. 😀 4mo
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GingerAntics This was a weird act. That play by the humans was horrible. I did feel like the final act was the man show. I think my favourite part was when the fairies came back one last time. The human part of the act was almost painful. 4mo
Lcsmcat Thinking allegorically, there‘s a bit of a dark undertone of those in power (fairies, kings, whoever) controlling our lives. But actual fairy tales are themselves dark. 4mo
Graywacke This left me smiling...the wall, moon and lion explaining themselves. Fun stuff. And then Puck‘s epilogue plays on the spoof play prologue. I was charmed. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm The amateur performance of the Mechanicals was so silly but fun. Puck, having the final say, I think of him as the lead character? 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I think it‘s a happy ending in the sense the lovers are ‘correctly‘ paired up at last, and there‘re three weddings to celebrate. But love causes so much trouble..because of love, there‘re harsh words and betrayal. Is it a warning that love is dangerous..see what love make people do? 4mo
TheBookHippie Oh I enjoyed this! Dark fairytales are my favorite @Lcsmcat ! I think this was actually quite lyrical. I enjoy the fairies way more than humans! Male dominance was over the top. I think the showing that love has many sides was portrayed quite well. I need to find a good version of this to watch! 4mo
jewright I think of it as realistic. So many parts of our lives are out of our control, even when we think we are making our own choices. I was also curious if Shakespeare wrote this play before or after Romeo and Juliet, but it looks like it was roughly the same time. 4mo
Lcsmcat @jewright Interesting. Makes you wonder what was going on in his life at the time. 4mo
Lcsmcat @erzascarletbookgasm I think I would rather play Puck than anyone else. 4mo
readordierachel I think it's a standard happy ending. All the loose ends have been neatly tied up and everyone seems content. Whether I would like to read deeper themes into it is a different matter. And I really loved the play within the play at the end. That wall 😆 4mo
batsy @Graywacke Great point about Puck's epilogue. I also felt like the play the Mechanicals put on was a spoofy version of Romeo & Juliet (& kind of a satire of romantic tragedy in general) so I was interested to learn as @jewright points out that Shakespeare wrote both around the same time. 4mo
batsy I was both enchanted and disturbed, which is kind of how Shakespeare makes me feel with most comedies of his that I enjoy! @Lcsmcat makes a good point about how our lives are conditioned by political and social forces that depend on those in power. I read something while Googling this play that Titania was a veiled spoof/representation of Elizabeth I. 4mo
Lcsmcat @batsy And who was Oberon? Sir Walter Raleigh? 4mo
batsy @Lcsmcat I'm not sure, actually! But perhaps? If critics read it as political allegory they seem to be focused on Elizabeth and the Duke of Alencon satirised as Titania and Bottom/Ass 😆 4mo
DeleteAcct The ending was interesting for sure. That play was atrocious. 😂 I agree with @Lcsmcat though about dark undertones and the fairies messing around behind the scenes, but I did enjoy the play. 4mo
rohit-sawant Love this play. I couldn't participate in the readalong but enjoyed reading this thread! 4mo
jewright @Lcsmcat I‘m also reading Contested Will by James Shapiro right now. It‘s about the theories that someone else wrote the plays. The truly frustrating part about Shakespeare is how we know so very little about his life. Some of what we “know” is probably more folklore than anything. It is so frustrating but fascinating too. 4mo
jewright @readordierachel The wall was hysterical. I can‘t believe I forgot about the wall! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I enjoyed the reread of this play! I think the play within the play is funny because of its ridiculousness, and I think it's funny that Wall, Lion, and Moonshine interact with the audience to explain themselves. 4mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yeah I get the man show! The camraderie between the guys was a bit annoying. And it felt like Hippolyta could barely get a word in edgewise. But I did find the play pretty funny! 4mo
merelybookish @Lcsmcat Excellent point! You're right. In spite of what Disney has taught us, the world of fae is not without darkness! And that's evident in this play too. 4mo
merelybookish @Graywacke That's a great point. The ending also made me think of Dead Poet's Society. I read that final speech of Puck's as a bit melancholy but I think in part it's because it reminded me of that scene from the movie. 4mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm I hadn't thought about a main character but it makes sense when you say it's Puck. He was.present in most scenes and his influence was also felt throughout. Making mischief the heart of this play! 4mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie I also loved the fairy world! And according to @GingerAntics there is no decent film adaptation. Or she hasn't found one yet. 4mo
merelybookish @jewright Yes and I did remind myself that the play is set in Athens. It's common far for gods and goddesses interfering with humans in Greek lit. What's different here is that it's Oberon instead of Zeus but still principal applies! 4mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm You're right, of course. What could be happier than three weddings! 😀 But I can't help but feel all the women deserve better men. 4mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish exactly! I probably wouldn't have had an issue, really, with the camaraderie if there had been more equanimity in it. If some female characters had a similar camaraderie I probably would have quite enjoyed the subtle and overt differences between the way men express camaraderie with each other and the way women do. It didn't make me like the play less by any means. I think my love for this play made me want that part to be better. 4mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish I'm not sure if that's the right way to put it, but it's something along those lines. I liked the play so much, the gender politics were the only thing that I didn't really like, but not enough to make me dislike the play. I feel like a modern adaptation of this play, with a similar camaraderie among some of the female characters would actually make this amazing...just nothing overly dramatic like the Russel T. Davies movie. 4mo
TheBookHippie @batsy Elizabeth I that actually makes sense!!! I think we need to be on guard of our political social forces maybe that‘s what he was trying to portray?? I enjoy the comedies as well. 4mo
merelybookish @batsy Enchanted and disturbed! Nicely put. I feel like this one was particularly enchanting! 4mo
merelybookish @rohit-sawant It's a great play. And you know you're welcome to join along anytime! 4mo
merelybookish @CoffeeNBooks Their play is so literal and earnest. But hilarious! It would be disappointing if it wasn't included! 4mo
batsy @TheBookHippie I think so! Definitely a way to satirise and critique any element of one's rulers at the time, even if they were patrons of the arts 😆 4mo
Graywacke @merelybookish had me thinking about Dead Poet‘s Society too, in a sad way. Puck controls everything in this play. In the movie the kid had no control over his life, this was him taking control, for a moment. Hadn‘t thought of it like before. Did you really find Puck‘s closing melancholy? I‘ll have to reread...I saw a showman‘s grace. 4mo
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readordierachel
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'Lord, what fools these mortals be."
Which makes them very entertaining to read about. I would have been happier if Lysander and Demetrius fell in love with each other and Hermia and Helena, like, started a business or something. But maybe that's too modern a take ??

#shakespearereadalong @merelybookish

GingerAntics I need to read this yet. This whole week has been crazy and amazing and wonderful, but very little reading has happened. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ha! I‘ll love to read a retelling like that! 👍 4mo
vivastory I need more Shakespeare in my life 4mo
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readordierachel @GingerAntics Hooray for your wonderful week! That's awesome! 😃 4mo
readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm Someone needs to make that adaptation 😋 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Me too. This was a nice palate cleanser. I forgot how much I enjoy Shakespeare. 4mo
GingerAntics @vivastory you‘re more then welcome to join us!!! We‘re on the last act of this play but if you‘ve already read it I don‘t see why you couldn‘t join the conversation. I‘m not sure what the next play is yet, but you‘re more than welcome to join us for it. Come join the party!!! @readinginthedark @merelybookish (edited) 4mo
GingerAntics Okay that would be an awesome adaptation!!! Can I cast the same three actors to play all the parts like I did with Winter‘s Tale (or was that 12th Night?)? 4mo
readordierachel @GingerAntics I don't see why not! 👍🏼 4mo
GingerAntics GAME ON!!! 4mo
batsy I love your take and you absolutely have to make a movie of that version of the play, please? 😆❤️ 4mo
merelybookish Yes, please write that! As much as I enjoy this play, it's hard to feel like H & H really win in the end. Glad you joined us! Shakespeare can be lots of fun! 4mo
readordierachel @batsy my life has purpose now! To get this movie made 😂 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I'm totally with you. It's a tidy ending but what have the women gained really? They can literally continue to live b/c they have the right husbands? Not ideal. I did really enjoy it though. Looking forward to more Shakespeare! Thanks for hosting! 4mo
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I have read this play a couple of times before, but I completely forgot about the whole part with the wall and Pyramus and Thisbe. It‘s probably the best part! #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish It's pretty impressive when a wall can steal the show! 😆 4mo
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I love the humor in lines like these. #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish He has such fun with playing with bottom and ass! 4mo
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jewright
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I forgot how much I love the description in this play. #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Me too! I think it's one of the reasons I love this play so much. 4mo
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Lcsmcat
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I loved the heckling/mocking in this act, but most of all I loved the Wall. Thanks for a lovely reread @merelybookish #shakespearereadalong

batsy The Wall is wonderful 😁 Loved the commentary on the performance and when Theseus (I think) suggests that the Wall should curse back after being cursed at. 5mo
merelybookish The wall is brilliant! And impressive acting on his part. The whole performance is a riot. And agree, it was a fun reread! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Just posting this last Act which I have finished reading last night. 💜

#shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Beautiful poster! There's something a bit melancholy about Puck's speech at the end. Maybe because we have to leave the fairy world for good. 4mo
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alisonrose
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I do love the silliness and mischievousness of this one, and it didn‘t disappoint on that front. I like picturing how the fairies might have looked on stage back in the day, too. I do wish he‘d gone a little more into the “wait, who loves who” stuff, because it just goes so quickly. Also modern yikes moments regarding comments about darker skinned women, but I suppose there‘s no avoiding that sort of thing from this time/place. 4/5 ⭐️

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SHORT GIRLS WILL FUCKIN‘ FIGHT YOU 💪🏻

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We will meet, and there we may rehearse most obscenely and courageously.

[I resolve to do more things “obscenely and courageously.”]

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I‘ve been wanting to start a project of reading (or rereading, as the case may be, like with this one) every Shakespeare play. Thought I‘d kick it off with a little whimsy ☺️🧚🏼‍♀️🎭

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CoffeeNBooks
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#SongsOfSummer #SummerNights One of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and a current reread.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
OriginalCyn620 I love this one too! 💚💚💚 5mo
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batsy
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I'm not sure how to review this so I'll quote from the supplementary material in this edition by William Hazlitt: "The reading of this play is like wandering in a grove by moonlight: the descriptions breathe a sweetness like odors from a bed of flowers." ?? It's not all sweetness & light; there is a slightly bitter, dark undertone amidst the enchantment that raises some questions about identity, free will, & the nature of love & governance. 5 ⭐

erzascarletbookgasm 👏 ❤️ I‘ve just finished this and don‘t know how to review! 😆 5mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm It was useful to turn to the essays and have someone else put it into words for me 😁💜 5mo
readordierachel Love this review, and the quote ❤ 5mo
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Suet624 That‘s beautiful. 5mo
batsy @readordierachel Thank you ❤️ 5mo
batsy @Suet624 💕 5mo
merelybookish Great quotation! I will say more once I read the last act. 😀 5mo
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merelybookish
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Act IV #shakespearereadalong friends! The morning comes, everyone wakes up and all is back to how it should be? Are Titania and Oberon reconciled? Why did Demetrius have a change of heart? Why does Theseus talk so much about his hunting dogs? Why do H&H say so little? Can dreams change us? Is Bottom the star of the act? And why do we need one more act if all's well? What's left to resolve?
@readinginthedark @GingerAntics

merelybookish Hey Everyone! Just FYI that I'm traveling today and may not be able to check in again until tomorrow! So chat it up and I'll look forward to catching up on the discussion tomorrow! 😀 5mo
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Lcsmcat Bottom is definitely the star, in my opinion! Safe travels, @merelybookish (edited) 5mo
CoffeeNBooks It seems that when everyone wakes up, "all's well that ends well." All of the couples are back together, and everyone is getting along with each other. Egeus is the only one who complains, but his complaints are ignored. Bottom is definitely the star of the act! 5mo
Graywacke Titania seems very forgiving. I might be posting “a little amazedly”... Happy traveling @merelybookish 5mo
batsy Yes! About Demetrius. How did this *real* change of heart happen and how is it "real"? Hermia, girl, you need to give him a hard time. Bottom is totally the star. Safe travels, @merelybookish ! 5mo
GingerAntics I too was wondering about the final act. I‘m also curious of everything really is “all well” as it seems. 5mo
Lcsmcat If I was either H I‘d be worried. Neither Lysander nor Demetrius can be trusted as long as Puck is around. 😉 5mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @CoffeeNBooks @batsy @GingerAntics - have to wonder at the passive nature of these four heavily manipulated characters. Helena does quizzically say: “And I have found Demetrius like a jewel, Mine own, and not mine own.” 5mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Indeed. None of them are their own- they seem to be the playthings of the fairies. 5mo
GingerAntics @Lcsmcat @Graywacke yes, it certainly seems the humans are the play things of the fairies. Titania could even be seen as the play thing of Oberon. 5mo
teainthelibrary Ugh, I am so behind! Will hopefully catch up tonight and be able to discuss 🙂 5mo
batsy * Sorry, I meant Helena 😆 (the H twins have done me a bamboozle 😂) 5mo
batsy @Graywacke Yes, great quote. I feel like that's the elegant summation of all of these people learning about their lack of agency where desire (and fairy enchantment!) are concerned 🙃 5mo
Gezemice I have caught up! I think Act III is the meat of the play - in Act IV, everyone gets reconciled. And yes, Bottom steals the show. I am rather upset that Oberon gets to do whatever he wants to his wife. Titania has very good reasons to keep that boy - Oberon seems to just want him to show Titania who is boss. 5mo
readordierachel I am woefully behind but will catch up this week. Hope your travel went smoothly! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have caught up! 5mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Yay! And what do you think?
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merelybookish @Gezemice Agreed. There don't seem to be any consequences for him. And I can't tell if Titania has forgiven him or is just disoriented. But either way, Oberon gets his way.
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merelybookish @teainthelibrary No worries! And please do chime in! 5mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Yes, it reminds when I read Oedipus and other Greek tragedies where it seemed the humans were at the mercy of the gods. I guess we should never discount mythical intervention! 5mo
merelybookish @Lcsmcat I'm not sure they can be trusted when Puck isn't around. 🤪 5mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics I don't remember the last act so looking forward to what happens. Somehow I don't think it will be a feminist manifesto. 5mo
merelybookish @batsy I know! I still like your plan for H & H to run off together!! 5mo
merelybookish @CoffeeNBooks Good point about Egeus! He's probably wrf happened overnight. And why did Theseus have such a change of heart? 5mo
GingerAntics I‘d certainly be surprised to find that in there. Yeah. 5mo
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The introduction of Titania's fairies in Act III reminded me of when Paulina, Petrova and Posy danced in A Midsummer's Night Dream in Noel Streatfeld's Ballet Shoes. I think Petrova played Mustardseed. 🧚‍♂️🧚‍♂️
#shakespearereadalong @readinginthedark @GingerAntics

StayCurious Reminds me of when they talk about Noel Streatfeild‘s shoe books in my favourite movie “You‘ve Got Mail”. 5mo
GingerAntics Wait, in Ballet Shoes they do a ballet version (I‘m guessing) of A Midsummer Night‘s Dream as the fairies? 5mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics Mendelssohn did a ballet version of A Midsummer's Night Dream. In the book, the girls are cast as the fairies in a production of the ballet. 5mo
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merelybookish @Stay-Curious I love that movie too! And a great little Streatfeld reference! 🙂 5mo
GingerAntics Oh, got it. I never heard of these books until I saw “You‘ve Got Mail.” 5mo
batsy Oooh, nice ❤️ @Stay-Curious I think I especially love the movie because of Streatfeild reference 🙂 5mo
LeahBergen Ooooh! 😍😍 5mo
TheBookHippie I just gave my 2nd grade girls this series ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
readinginthedark Fun! I loved this book as a kid but can't remember much of it now. I read so many ballet books! 3mo
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And the country proverb known,
That every man should take his own,
In your waking shall be shown.
Jack shall have Jill;
Nought shall go ill;
The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be
well. (3.2.487-493)

Finally caught up with #shakespearereadalong . Puck (as illustrated by Arthur Rackham), setting matters back to natural state. So much crazy stuff in this Act 3! Wonder if the Athenian love tangle be sorted out? Can‘t wait to find out.

Eyelit I love Rackham‘s illustrations! 5mo
merelybookish I love the Rackham illustrations as well! And my Mum used to say "There's a Jack for every Jill." I didnt know she was quoting Shakespeare. ? 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm How cool. I wish I have a Shakespeare-quoting mum! 😁😘. @merelybookish 5mo
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She‘s curled herself up by my book. Maybe she wants me to read it out loud to her? Maybe she was secretly reading when I was looking? (it‘s in paw reach)

wanderinglynn Aw, what a cutie! ❤️🐶 5mo
Tanisha_A 😍 5mo
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Act III and it's chock-a-block full of drama! The Rude Mechanicals rehearse (sort of); Bottom gets an ass's head; Titania awakes to find her true love; more fairies!!, Puck meddles, Oberon interferes, Lysander & Demetrius remain indistinguishable (Can you ever trust a man's love?), And Helena and Hermia are both understandably outraged.
What stands out? Is it still a delight? Will all be made aright in the morning light? #shakespearereadalong

Graywacke All this faux-drama, an actor‘s play. They have free range to be overdramatic. Also, seems Shakespeare couldn‘t quit once he got started with the four-way love tangle. 5mo
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Graywacke (Side note question: when you were learning Shakespeare in grade-school, did you know how much Shakespeare relishes humor? Maybe because we covered Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, but I seem to have picked up a more serious impression.) 5mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke grade school . No. I‘ve read The Tales of Shakespeare to classes this year of very little people and they have loved it. 5mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke It‘s like someone said don‘t you think you‘re taking it too far and he said challenge accepted 🤣 However I really enjoy this Shakespeare I‘ve laughed a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it. It‘s been fun to read. 5mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie yes, this one is brilliant. (With rhymes) Tales of Shakespeare looks fun! 5mo
merelybookish @Graywacke I feel like I was told that Shakespeare was funny but I was skeptical. 😆 I had a teacher who used 'bawdy' a lot to describe it. That didn't really translate to 15 year old me. But now, I find him really funny. The Rude Mechanicals crack me up!!🤣 5mo
GingerAntics It seemed like much more happened in this act than the previous acts. Lots of goofy drama, if that‘s the right way to put it. This comedy is actually funny. 5mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke They do seem to choose the more serious plays for students. No idea why. I did read that parents like R&J as a moral tale of what happens when teenagers don‘t listen to their parents even though that is a completely presentist and inaccurate interpretation of the play. @merelybookish I think ‘bawdy‘ was the term your teacher was aloud to use. ‘Raunchy‘ or ‘sexual innuendo‘ is generally not allowed, though clearer, certainly. lol (edited) 5mo
DeleteAcct @GingerAntics The more serious plays are used so teachers won't have to say bawdy or raunchy, another one of my favs is tawdry. 😂 I'm enjoying the play so far. 5mo
GingerAntics @Rachbb3 oh tawdry is another good one!!! Yes, I totally agree. Why make kids think Shakespeare is fun. That would be horrible. 🤣😂🤣 This play feels like its zipping by so fast. This is definitely a much faster paced play then some of our more recent choices. 5mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm enjoying this play, and finding it amusing. It's definitely a quicker read for me than his historical plays. 5mo
Graywacke @merelybookish @GingerAntics @Rachbb3 - there are so many sexual innuendos in these plays, maybe makes the grade-school teaching a little tricky - although not sure it makes any sense to be prude in school considering what‘s on the web... 5mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics @CoffeeNBooks yes, fun fast moving play. And momentum. Never had so much trouble stopping at the end if an act before with this group. (edited) 5mo
batsy I loved this act. Absolute shenanigans. I was wondering if this is where I get a little impatient with the improbable occurrences, as I sometimes do midway through his comedies, but I found it delightful. And the Mechanicals! "To bring in—God shield us!—a lion among ladies, is a most dreadful thing." Snort! 5mo
merelybookish @batsy Oh you're right. This is the act when I usually discover the limits to my suspension of disbelief! Maybe having a Puck or Oberon causing the mayhem and mix-ups makes it easier to bear. I've let magic take over, so come what may! Also I felt there was really depth to what Helena and Hermia had to say that transcended the shenanigans. Their pain felt real! And yes I loved how the actors would explain everything first. 😁 5mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics @Rachbb3 At my high school, everyone read a comedy in 10th grade. Then MacBeth in 11th and Hamlet in 12th. But I think in Grade 10, Shakespeare's sexual innuendo was pretty beyond, whatever it was called! 🤣 5mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish I think at this point, students are lucky to be exposed to Shakespeare at all. Most students now get one play at some point in high school IF they‘re in the advanced English classes. Everyone else is just being coached through the tests. 5mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie That is how I felt about Cymbeline! Like he wanted to defy all genres and put tragedy,.comedy and history into one play. And it kinda works! He is good 5mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke I totally agree with that. I would have read through the entire play on the first week if I didn‘t think it would confuse the conversations for me. 5mo
batsy @merelybookish Yes, great point about the depth to the conversation between H&H! There's a lot more at stake than how it would appear between the petulant brats, Demetrius and Lysander 😐 5mo
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“And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays”

Sketch is by Joseph Noel Paton (1821-1901)

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Graywacke Seems to define the play, but I was really entertained by Puck after watching all the mess: “And so far am I glad it so did sort,
As this jangling I esteem a sport.”
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merelybookish I like Puck's perspective too. He sees the silliness, contributes to it, but also knows fate is to blame as well. 🙂 5mo
Graywacke @merelybookish I love how he seems to relish the silliness, the mischievous spirit of play. 5mo
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"And will you rent our ancient love asunder
To join with men in scorning your poor friend?
It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly."

I'm rescuing "maidenly" & turning this into a #spinsterlit rallying cry ? I know it's because everyone is #BewitchedBotheredAndBewildered & it's a misunderstanding, but I love Helena so much for saying this to Hermia! #ShakespeareReadAlong #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen @merelybookish

batsy Painting: "Hermia and Helena", Washington Allston (before 1818) 5mo
rohit-sawant There can never be enough #spinsterlit posts! 😄🙌🏼 Perfect pick!🏆 5mo
saresmoore This post is gold! #rudeladyreadergenius 5mo
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Manymelodies The more I learn of the argument that Shakespeare was a woman, and the more I read and understand the texts, the more convinced I am it's true!! Perfect example right here. 5mo
batsy @rohit-sawant @saresmoore 😁❤️ 5mo
batsy @Manymelodies I read an article recently about it that @erzascarletbookgasm shared and I'm very intrigued by the possibility 🙂 5mo
readordierachel Yes to all of this! 👍🏼 5mo
merelybookish Excellent! Wouldn't it be a great ending if Hermia and Helena ditched the guys and lived happily ever after, together or apart! (Interested in writing some fanfic? 😆) 5mo
Manymelodies @batsy yes. That was the one I read. The list of heroines, and their perspectives, are so quintessentially feminine. The possibility resonated at a deep level. 😊 5mo
batsy @merelybookish A #spinsterlit fanfic take on Shakespeare is a dream genre 😂 5mo
GatheringBooks ooooh! nicely done! 💕📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 5mo
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I'm slowly but surely catching up with all of my follows and comments here, which is why I haven't really been "on." But I'm here! And I'm reading the current #ShakespeareReadalong This is a reread for me, and so far, I'm still loving it!
@GingerAntics @merelybookish

teainthelibrary It's great, isn't it? The discussions have been awesome too! 5mo
GingerAntics Loving this play so much. I‘ve seen it, but I‘m trying to figure out what took me so long to read it. 5mo
readinginthedark @teainthelibrary I haven't caught up on the discussions yet, but they're always great! 5mo
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readinginthedark @GingerAntics It took me longer than some of the other plays, too, but it's a really great one for easy reading, I feel like. 5mo
GingerAntics Definitely agree on that. It seems to just sort of go. I can really see why people say this is a great intro to Shakespeare for small children. 5mo
readinginthedark @GingerAntics It definitely is! This is the first one I saw performed! I think the first one I read in full was Romeo and Juliet 😒 but I have fond memories of seeing this one in person and on screen. 5mo
GingerAntics We watched part of it in theatre class in high school. I think it was a video of Shakespeare in the part in NYC if I remember correctly. The parts we saw made me fall in love with Fairyland. 5mo
readinginthedark @GingerAntics 💗 I love that these plays bring up so many great memories while we read! 5mo
merelybookish Hey! Glad you're enjoying it! I'm loving it, much to my surprise. The language just feels extra extra rich! 5mo
readinginthedark @merelybookish Yes, it's definitely one that plays to the crowd, I think! 3mo
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"Fetch me that flower; the herb I shew'd thee once.
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees."

Not exactly the best #OriginOfLove (Featured in Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
#MayMovieMagic
@Cinfhen
Art by Henry Howard

batsy Nice pick!👏🏽👏🏽 We're reading this right now and I'm sad I didn't think of this 😳😂 5mo
Cinfhen Lovely 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 5mo
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This happens to a lot of people unfortunately! #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Indeed! 😛 5mo
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I put a sign with this line in my daughter‘s room. It describes her perfectly. #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Such a great line! And good for your daughter (although in my experience fierce daughter's can be a challenge to parent 😬)! They really go after Hermia's height in this scene! 5mo
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Act II discussion time! We have landed in Fairyland but all is not well between king and queen. The Athenian youths are lost in various stages of love, lust and desperation.
Is this a delightful romp or is Shakespeare exploring darker, deeper themes? Is Fairyland a mirror to Athens or a contrast? Do you like Puck? Did you miss the Rude Mechanicals? Are Demetrius and Lysander pretty much the same guy? And will Helena ever find some self-worth?

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DeleteAcct One thing is for sure, mortals lives are screwy enough as it is without the immortals coming in and messing with them. 😆 Yet I guess that is what makes this one a crazy romp. I'm interested to see how/if things get worked out. Leander and Demetrius seem very similar and I have high hopes for Helena. 5mo
DeleteAcct **Lysander 👆😩 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I always remember being very mad at Oberon, not just for the meddling and drugging.....but the whole thing is because he wants a child the Queen is guarding! I felt the same way again this time! 5mo
GingerAntics I think Fairyland and Athens are mirror images of each other, but not perfect images. Obviously the men in both want to dominate the women around them. I think women have greater agency and autonomy in Fairyland. Fairyland obviously also has the bonus of magic. Puck has been a favourite character for a while. I like his mischievous and laid back manner. 5mo
Lcsmcat @Riveted_Reader_Melissa yeah, Oberon is not a favorite. But neither are the upper class mortal men. Pan and his incompetence amuse me, but I miss the players. 5mo
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Leander/Lysander, tomato, tomahto. Your slip almost answers the question! 😆(You know you've read a lot of Shakespeare when...) 5mo
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yeah Oberon is doing the king tyrant thing. Although I guess he means well when he suggests drugging Demetrius. Even he can't stand Helena's grovelling! 5mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yes Titania does seem to have her own power. Although she still has to deal with a jerk husband. 5mo
merelybookish @Lcsmcat I missed the players too. I was thinking about the layers of society that will be mixing once they get into the woods. The upper classes, the working classes, and the fairy class. 😀 5mo
TheBookHippie @Rachbb3 🤣🤣🤷🏽‍♀️ I walked into the kitchen looked at the purple flower and laughed. I swear this reads like a Grimms fairytale !!! I agree with @GingerAntics Fairyland seems a bit better for the women. Oberon seems a bit of an _____ and is a favorite beer type around my town which considering the men that drink it 🤣🤢..this proves to be a fun read as I enjoy all the plotting 😜. 5mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish I get the impression her jerk husband is going to pay for messing with the queen. I‘m hoping that Shakespeare is going to play to his queen (Elizabeth I) and how she doesn‘t let men mess with her. 🤞🏻 5mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I agree on Oberon. I want to slug him. I‘m kind of hoping that his plan back fires and she sleeps until it wears off. 5mo
batsy I miss the players as well. I'm also #TeamLetsBeatUpOberonAndTheUpperClassMen I find Helena intriguing; she has a major blind spot re: Demetrius but seems so witty and aware when Lysander starts swooning over her. I also found Hermia's serpent dream quite foreboding and dark; definitely sets a different tone to the "whimsical fairy magic and frolicking in the woods" atmosphere. 5mo
Graywacke For me this was the lovers spat act. Helena telling Demetrius he‘s be her spaniel has got to be funny on stage. She‘s having a very bad day. Titania and Oberon‘s back-and-forth was great fun. But it‘s a tough act to stop at...since the energy is rolling along. (edited) 5mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics So my notes do reference Elizabeth. There‘s a line where Cupid misses his mark and the maiden stays pure (i quoted it in a post today). That‘s a reference to Elizabeth. 5mo
Graywacke While looking up that quote (mentioned immediately above), I found a lot homoerotic performance images of Oberon and Puck. When Titatian exits, Oberon asks Puck to step close. And, as we know, Oberon wants the boy (and we know why, even if it‘s not in the play). That‘s a window for the interpretation. I thought it was interesting. I‘m not fan of Oberon and his selfishness either. All the men in this play are shits. 🤣 🤣 (edited) 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I think Fairyland is a mirror to the human world. Hermia refusing to obey her father..and in Fairyland, Titania not giving in to Oberon. In both worlds, the women refuse the rights of the men! 5mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie I think beer probably beats the man! 5mo
merelybookish @batsy Yes and lots of sexual references in the couples' conversations. You have Hermia trying to protect her virtue and Helena offering hers up. And I do hope Helena rises above! 5mo
merelybookish @Graywacke It's always interesting to consider the homoeroticism of Shakespeare's plays when you imagine all characters were played by men. But I have to admit I didn't go there with why Oberon wanted the Indian boy. 😯 But I see it now. 5mo
teainthelibrary @Graywacke I totally didn‘t even catch all of these homoerotic implications - went right over my head lol! I can‘t tell if they are included because it‘s Shakespeare or if it‘s because it‘s taking place in Athenian Greece where those types of relationships are normal? 5mo
teainthelibrary To me, Helena was the most relatable character in all of this. Her self-awareness when Lysander wakes up is almost tragic and it definitely resonated with me. I found all of the women interesting in this act - someone above mentioned all of the references to Elizabeth, so I wonder if including all of these strong women was intentional! 5mo
teainthelibrary @merelybookish @batsy I loved how Lysander and Hermia slept far apart in order to remain virtuous - they could‘ve avoided all the trouble if they had just remained together 😂 5mo
Graywacke @teainthelibrary @merelybookish @batsy the dangers of pre-marital chastity. 5mo
batsy @teainthelibrary So true 😂 I find his female characters in the comedies so interesting! Maybe it's because the comedies afford more playfulness in language, so their wit is a particular standout. 5mo
teainthelibrary @batsy have you read a lot of Shakespeare? I think I‘ve read 3 or 4 so I don‘t have a lot to compare to in terms of knowledge of other characters! 5mo
batsy @teainthelibrary I studied some plays in college and joined the #ShakespeareReadAlong here; we've read quite a few thus far and it's been immensely fun 🙂 5mo
teainthelibrary @batsy this is my first for the readalong - I‘m excited for the others! 5mo
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But I might see young Cupid‘s fiery shaft
Quenched in the chaste beams of the wat‘ry moon,
And the imperial vot‘ress passèd on,
In maiden meditation, fancy-free.

— Oberon to Puck. I like the contrast, the fire and water, especially in play on plans gone wrong.

Fancy-free : free from the power of love

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merelybookish Yes that is a lovely image, of the fire quenched in the watery moon! And I have always loved the term fancy-free. There was so much beautiful imagery in this act! 5mo
Graywacke @merelybookish I like the term. (Isn‘t there a Fancy Nancy book that makes terrific use of it? 🙂) But the way it‘s used here is, well, magnificent. (edited) 5mo
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Lysander: ‘Content with Hermia? No! I do repent
The tedious minutes I with her have spent.
Not Hermia, but Helena I love.
Who will not change a raven for a dove?‘

- I know Lysander has been drugged and all, but did he really have to do Hermia like that?! 😂

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I adored the Fairy song & love the silhouette of the Fairy Sentinel! 🧚🏽‍♀️🧚🏽‍♂️

‘You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blindworms, do no wrong,
Come not near our Fairy Queen.

...

Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
Work nor snail, do no offense.

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Hence away! Now all is well.
One aloof stands sentinel.‘

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Graywacke Love that illustration too. 5mo
batsy That's lovely. 5mo
Lcsmcat That‘s great! What edition is it? 5mo
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merelybookish That illustration is adorable! 5mo
teainthelibrary @Graywacke same! There‘s so many sprinkled throughout the acts, I had a hard time choosing which to share 😊 5mo
teainthelibrary @Lcsmcat this is from a Folger Library edition from the 50s/60s - they‘re still publishing Shakespeare today! 5mo
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Enjoying Act 2 while sitting in the middle of an olive grove on an island off the coast of Croatia. Life is surreal sometimes. Happy reading, everyone! 📚

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batsy Ooo that cover ❤️ 5mo
merelybookish Sounds pretty awesome! I love those Folger library editions. I buy them when I see'em! 5mo
teainthelibrary @merelybookish same! I have a lot of them, but I want more 😫 5mo
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