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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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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)
Art by Henry Howard

batsy Nice pick!👏🏽👏🏽 We're reading this right now and I'm sad I didn't think of this 😳😂 1d
Cinfhen Lovely 1d
Cathythoughts Beautiful 14h
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This happens to a lot of people unfortunately! #shakespearereadalong

A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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I put a sign with this line in my daughter‘s room. It describes her perfectly. #shakespearereadalong

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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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Rachbb3 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. 4d
Rachbb3 **Lysander 👆😩 4d
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! 4d
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. 4d
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. 4d
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Leander/Lysander, tomato, tomahto. Your slip almost answers the question! 😆(You know you've read a lot of Shakespeare when...) 4d
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! 4d
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yes Titania does seem to have her own power. Although she still has to deal with a jerk husband. 4d
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. 😀 4d
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 😜. 4d
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. 🤞🏻 4d
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. 4d
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. 4d
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) 4d
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. 4d
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) 4d
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! 4d
merelybookish @TheBookHippie I think beer probably beats the man! 4d
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! 4d
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. 4d
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? 4d
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! 4d
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 😂 4d
Graywacke @teainthelibrary @merelybookish @batsy the dangers of pre-marital chastity. 3d
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. 3d
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! 3d
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 🙂 3d
teainthelibrary @batsy this is my first for the readalong - I‘m excited for the others! 2d
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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


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! 4d
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) 4d
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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.


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


Graywacke Love that illustration too. 4d
batsy That's lovely. 4d
Lcsmcat That‘s great! What edition is it? 4d
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merelybookish That illustration is adorable! 4d
teainthelibrary @Graywacke same! There‘s so many sprinkled throughout the acts, I had a hard time choosing which to share 😊 4d
teainthelibrary @Lcsmcat this is from a Folger Library edition from the 50s/60s - they‘re still publishing Shakespeare today! 4d
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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! 📚


batsy Ooo that cover ❤️ 4d
merelybookish Sounds pretty awesome! I love those Folger library editions. I buy them when I see'em! 4d
teainthelibrary @merelybookish same! I have a lot of them, but I want more 😫 4d
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Even in the fairy world, there‘s battle between the sexes! No short of insults between these two.
I‘m also loving the fairies and the fairy world. 🧚‍♀️ 🧚‍♂️.

merelybookish Yes, those fairies are good at slinging shade! And I love Fairyland too. I think its what makes this play! 4d
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"I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you."

Helena is #hookedonafeeling indeed, but her subservient love for Demetrius has me screaming, NOOOO, GIRL!!! Here's hoping fairy enchantment can set things right ??‍♀️

Image is of Helena following Demetrius into the woods, but I couldn't find the source or credits.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen #ShakespeareReadAlong @merelybookish

Cathythoughts Lovely post ✨ 6d
saresmoore Perfect! 👌 6d
rohit-sawant Such a fitting choice for the prompt!🏆 6d
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batsy @Cathythoughts @saresmoore @rohit-sawant It's a lovely play but I'm stressing about young Helena and her choices 👵🏾💜 6d
gradcat Really pretty post! 6d
readordierachel Hellll no! The juxtaposition of Hermia and Helena is really interesting. Good one! 6d
merelybookish Wow! That image really captures her grovelling. 😣 It's hard to read these sections. You just want her to STOP! (Side note @ReadOrDie in my search for an article about all the H-named heroines in AMND, I found one that discussed how Hermia and Helena have similar names, different personalities while Lysander and Demetrius have distinct names, same personalities.) 6d
merelybookish @readordierachel I meant to tag your in the above post but made a mistake and since I have an Android, I cant edit a comment 🙄and I don't want to retype. So 👆🙂 6d
batsy @gradcat Thanks :) 6d
batsy @readordierachel Yes, it's an element of the play I find quire fascinating too. I'm rooting for Helena but she's made me go "Nooooo" almost all of the time! 6d
batsy @merelybookish So true, it's hard to read those bits! I only feel better if I can scribble in the margins stuff like "patriarchy must die" and etc. ? 6d
readordierachel It would be hilarious to pick up a used copy of this and see "patriarchy must die" in the margins! ? @merelybookish I agree, it's so hard to read Helena. She's like that friend who keeps going back to her asshole "boyfriend" and you just want to very gently shake her and make her see she deserves better. Girl. 5d
Gezemice @readordierachel @batsy oh yes, that‘s exactly what I was thinking. The asshole boyfriend and the co-dependent girl. I was like, girl, get some self-respect, brrrr 5d
batsy @Gezemice Absolutely! It's hard not to growl. 5d
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I loved all the fairy songs and lush descriptions of Fairyland in Act II. Here's an illustration of the lullaby for Titania. 🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️
@readinginthedark @GingerAntics @Lcsmcat @batsy @Rachbb3 @jewright @readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm @teainthelibrary

merelybookish Helena also made me think of the early 90s Bonnie Raitt ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" ? 7d
merelybookish Also, I tagged the people who have been participating in the challenge so far. Still time to play catch up. Post something for each act, a pic, a quote, a quibble. 🙂 And be sure to tag me! 7d
GingerAntics I haven‘t read anything since Monday. It‘s been a strange, long week. Must catch up tomorrow...or Saturday. 😏 7d
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merelybookish @GingerAntics Loads of time still! And it's a delight! 7d
GingerAntics I really enjoyed the first act, despite the male chauvinism. I‘m kind of glad we started this book when we did. I don‘t think I could take Act I after the week we‘ve had with men. 🙄 7d
BooknerdsLife 😍😍 7d
batsy That's so adorable 😆 I haven't gotten to this scene yet; life keeps getting in the way. But I love the flow of the play—it's so easy to get pulled in! 7d
teainthelibrary Your illustration reminds me of all the Munchkin singing groups in The Wizard of Oz! 😍 I love how mystical and magical this act was. The poetry was astounding and I love how everyone got to have a little beautiful piece to say. 4d
merelybookish @teainthelibrary What great way summary of this act! These fairies do like munchkins! (Which is funny because the munchkins kind of creep me out..🤔🙂) 4d
merelybookish @batsy Learning to read an act/week has taken me a while to master. 😛 4d
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I like the parallelism, rhyme, and imagery here. #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Oh me too!! I love that line about hanging a pearl on a cowslip's ear. This whole act is chock full of beautiful imagery! 7d
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This part just makes me angry! He‘s not worth it, Helena! #shakespearereadalong @merelybookish

merelybookish I know! 🙄 It's cringey! 7d
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One of the bard‘s better plays, in my opinion...a great mix of mistaken identity and fun confusion. Oberon is still a controlling ass, but the resulting mayhem is still a delightful read.

Sorry #ShakespeareReadAlong I started it and just went straight through... oopsie! 🤪

Megabooks My favorite play! 1w
readordierachel It happens 😆 1w
batsy It's quite difficult to stop when the momentum gets going 😁 1w
merelybookish Easy to be swept along in Fairyland. 😀 7d
Gezemice I am reading it, and it is soooo much easier than Henry. 5d
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Hermia: I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.

Helena: O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill!

Hermia: I give him curses, yet he gives me love.

Helena: O that my prayers could such affection move!

Hermia: The more I hate, the more he follows me.

Helena: The more I love, the more he hateth me.

Hermia: His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.


Graywacke Love that sequence 1w
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Lysander: How now, my love? Why is your cheek so pale?
How chance the roses there do fade so fast?

Hermia: Belike for want of rain, which I could well
Beteem them from the tempest of my eyes.

- UMMM, is Hermia me?!


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Hermia: So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship whose unwished yoke
My soul consents not to give sovereignty.


merelybookish This is such a great quote!! Another reader highlighted it as well. Hermia is not backing down! 2w
merelybookish Also, I'm going to wait to comment on your other posts. I need to catch up! You're ahead of me in your reading!! 2w
readordierachel Loved this bit! 2w
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batsy Loved it too 🙌🏽 2w
teainthelibrary @readordierachel @batsy it‘s so fierce sounding! The feminist in me loved it 😌 2w
teainthelibrary @merelybookish haha sorry for speeding up! I flew through the first act because I enjoy this play so much! 😍 2w
merelybookish @teainthelibrary Oh no need to apologize! Reading an act a week took some getting used to. It's easy to get caught up in the story and read on! 1w
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But earthlier is the rose distilled,
Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies in a single blessedness.


merelybookish Beautiful image! I find that quotation interesting. He's saying marriage is better than becoming a nun, yes? But what is a rose distilled? Perfume? (And thanks for playing! 😉) 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish technically yes, perfume. But then the meaning still isn‘t clear. I like it because partially because it seems open to multiple meanings and also because I like how it sounds. 2w
readordierachel Lovely 💕 2w
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batsy I love the way it sounds, too. Though I think I disagree with the sentiment 😌 2w
Graywacke @readordierachel the image? Love art nouveau. 1w
Graywacke @batsy 🤣 Theseus is not a good guide to life! 1w
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"The course of true love never did run smooth" (I.i.134).
Act I discussion time! Lots of familiar comedy elements: a tyrannical king, a defiant daughter, a honey-tongued lover, a jealous friend, a rendezvous in the woods. And yet...this play feels different to me. Is it the witchy moon imagery? Or the silliness of the Rude Mechanicals? All those women with H names? Whatever it is, I find it delightful so far! What are your thoughts?

saresmoore This one has always felt different to me, too. I‘m really enjoying this reread and even diving into some footnotes for further insight. It will certainly one of my favorites. 2w
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merelybookish Just a reminder about the #shakespearereadalong challenge! Thanks to everyone who has participated so far. I love seeing your posts. There's still time to join in. As we read, post something about each act: a quote, a pic, a complaint, a connection. You could win a gc! And it's fun seeing what our fellow readers notice! 2w
merelybookish @saresmoore I'm glad you agree! What do you think it is that feels different? Is there something in Act I? Or do you think it's that we already know where the story goes? And anything interesting from your notes? 2w
readordierachel I'm finding it delightful too! I forgot how much I enjoyed this play. I also forgot how heavy-handed Theseus was. I managed to block out that death was on the table 😯 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel Yes, both Theseus and Egeus could be lawmakers in Georgia. 😒 2w
TheBookHippie @merelybookish seriously true!!!!!! 2w
CoffeeNBooks This is one of my 2 favorite Shakespeare plays! I'm enjoying re-reading it! 2w
batsy @readordierachel Yes, me too! So caught up in the magical whimsy of the play that the law of the patriarchy almost eluded me. That bit of darkness was such a reality check. 2w
batsy I really enjoyed the First Act; technically a reread for me but it's been awhile since my first read! 2w
merelybookish Whoops! I forgot to tag @erzascarletbookgasm. Sorry!! Also illustration is by William Robinson Health circa 1914. I like his black and white ink drawings! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Seems to be a re-read for many of us, although like you, it's been a while for me! I wonder if that means it's taught a lot in school on performed often. Or both. 🙂 2w
merelybookish @CoffeeNBooks It does seem to be Shakespeare at his best! 2w
Graywacke Just finished Act I and trying to figure out my thoughts. It‘s a little tough to stop there as it‘s still building. 🙂 Does it really already feel different or is it what‘s about to happen that makes me think that? Or is the earthly happiness of the rose distilled just leaving an impression. 2w
Graywacke But Act 1 is a lot, three different stories. “Hyppolyta, I wooed the with my sword” - how romantic. Maybe Theseus is from a congress in Georgia, or Alabama or ... 2w
Lcsmcat @merelybookish @batsy I think it is performed a lot. I know I first saw it done by high school students when I was in jr. high. It wasn‘t taught in my English class, but I can see it being a good one to teach. 2w
Lcsmcat @readordierachel I had forgotten that too. But Shakespeare often used the threat of death to make characters do things the wouldn‘t otherwise do. Think Romeo & Juliet, Hermione from The Winter‘s Tale, Rosalind in As You Like It, etc. It feels more like a catalyst to me than any atmosphere-creation. 2w
GingerAntics I‘m with @Graywacke there are three different, distinct parts of this act (even with only two acts) and Theseus could easily be from a congress in Georgia or Alabama. The women must do what the men say, or die!!! 2w
readordierachel @Lcsmcat Good point! It definitely ups the stakes. 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel @Lcsmcat It seems to me both are true. Harsh treatment of women forces them to make rash, plot-developing decisions! 2w
Rachbb3 I like it so far. Is it a different feel for me? I'm not sure yet. 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke Yes, that line does dampen the wedding mood. Lucky Hippolyta! To be won by sword. (I also didn't initially appreciate she was the Queen of the Amazons!) It does seem significant we have three heroines with three very similar names! 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke I think it is the anticipation of knowing what's to come! Because it's not that different from how he sets up his other comedies. 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish yeah, what‘s with the h‘s? 🤣 2w
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Is this your first time reading it? We have so many re-readers it's good to hear first impressions! 2w
merelybookish @Lcsmcat It would be a fun one to stage. Sets and costumes would be fun. And lots of roles! I would love to see a production! 2w
Rachbb3 It is my first time! 😆 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke I don't know!! But as a name nerd, it really jumps out at me. I'm sure someone has a theory! To make them seem interchangable? To show how their fates are connected? 2w
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Awesome! You and @GingerAntics! 😊 2w
teainthelibrary A Midsummer Night‘s Dream has always been one of my favourites. It feels so mystical! But it‘s been a while since I‘ve actually read it so I really enjoyed getting back into the cadence of Shakespeare! Hermia is my absolutely favourite in this act - she‘s so fierce and basically destroys everyone! Despite the magical-ness of it, the parts about Athenian law and treating your father like a god were a bit of a downer! (edited) 2w
teainthelibrary @Graywacke I loved that line! I definitely had to reread it a few times and even say it out loud to fully comprehend, but there‘s something very poetic about it, albeit tragic. 2w
teainthelibrary @merelybookish re: the three H names, I kept having to flip back to the character list to make sure I had everything in order! 😂 I wonder if that was on purpose? 2w
merelybookish @teainthelibrary Thanks for joining in! It's fun that it's a re-read for so many of us and it's living up to our expectations/memories! I think I'm going to have to do a search on the names. I'm sure some scholar at some time came up with a theory for why Shakespeare has a Hermia, Helena and Hippolyta!! 2w
Graywacke @teainthelibrary admittedly I still don‘t fully comprehend the line...😊 But I like it. 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish curious what you find on the H‘s. 2w
jewright I just have to giggle about everyone meeting in the woods. I read this one in college, but that was...gulp... 14 years ago, so I‘m enjoying it. 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke @teainthelibrary I did some searching and I found articles on Bottom's name and Demetrius's name. I found research articles about the names in other plays. I did find this online article saying Hermia and Helena have similar names but very different characters. Https://thebillshakespeareproject.com/2010/04/similar-names-different-women-different-names-similar-men/ So good news for any would-be Shakespeare scholars! A topic! 🙂 2w
Graywacke Maybe there‘s something here? 🙂 1w
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..”Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind..”

Oh, poor Helena, due to her jealousy towards Hermia, she betrays Hermia‘s confidence in order to try to win back Demetrius's love.

@merelybookish #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Pretty picture! Which one do you think is which? I do feel bad for Helena. Loving someone who loves your best friend is no fun! Still, betraying her friend didnt seen like a great decision! Or like it would help her cause much. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm @merelybookish I wonder too..one is fairer than the other. Perhaps we‘ll know in later scenes. Looking forward to the discussion:) 2w
Trashcanman @erzascarletbookgasm how are you well I hope well I hope I hope. 2w
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BooknerdsLife I need to reread this! 💕🌸 it was one of my favourites Shakespeare but sadly I don‘t remember all the details! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a great opportunity to join in this read along. I know I‘ll have no motivation to pick up Shakespeare on my own, haven‘t touch the Bard‘s work since I left school! @BooknerdsLife 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Not too bad, George, I hope you‘re keeping well. Good to see your posts once a while. @Trashcanman 2w
Lcsmcat @merelybookish Right? As if getting rid of the current rival will make him love her. 2w
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“So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke
My soul consents not to give sovereignty.”

I was really feeling Hermia in this bit. That last line in particular. I'm gonna find an occasion to use it in real life. Shouldn't be too hard 😁


batsy Yes! ❤️ I underlined this and wrote YAAAAAS in my copy 😆 2w
readordierachel @batsy Hahaha! That's perfect 🙌🏼 💕 2w
merelybookish Great passage! I hope it comes in handy someday! 😆 But I love how unwavering Hermia is! 2w
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readordierachel @merelybookish She knows what she wants! 2w
Lcsmcat I love Will‘s strong women. 2w
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Always a different read

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“Nay, faith let me not play a woman; I have a beard coming.” #shakespearereadalong This whole section about the part assigning was funny.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 2w
merelybookish Yes! Very funny. The Rude Mechanicals are a fun addition. Also, please tag me in your posts. Helps me see them sooner! 🙂 1w
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And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste--



merelybookish Yes, damn Cupid! 💘(Glad you're playing along! 🙂) 2w
merelybookish Also thanks for the 👂🐛🙂😜 2w
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This is another quote that made LOL. In light of the ridiculous conversation between the Mechanicals, and Nick Bottom volunteering to play every part, and Snug earnestly wanting to learn his lines because "I'm slow of study" and being told "it is nothing but roaring"—I snorted.

Couldn't find the artist for the image above of Snug as Lion.

#ShakespeareReadAlong #Act1 @merelybookish

GingerAntics He looks oddly like the cowardly lion. lol 2w
merelybookish Yes! That made me laugh too. And then Nick Bottom offering to do the roaring. Overall, I really enjoyed Act I 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yes! In business attire. 🙂 2w
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Tanisha_A 😂 2w
batsy @GingerAntics Yes 😆 2w
batsy @merelybookish And Quince worrying that his roaring will get them all hanged 😭 2w
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 2w
saresmoore 😁 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A @rohit-sawant @saresmoore Shakespeare's bad jokes are always my favourite 😂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha! I‘ve just finished this part. Bottom is funny! 2w
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“You have her father‘s love, Demetrius; let me have Hermia‘s: do you marry him.”
The first quote that made me laugh out loud. #shakespearereadalong @merelybookish

merelybookish Nice! I love them as flappers! And the wordplay is that scene was great! 2w
Lcsmcat @merelybookish I can‘t take credit for the illustration- I found it online. But I‘d love to see a production done this way! 2w
jewright I love this line! 2w
rabbitprincess This line makes me laugh too, every time I read it 😂 2w
batsy This made me LOL, too! I very much enjoyed the first act. 2w
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Announcing the #Shakespearereadalong A Midsummer's Challenge
Each week, post a quotation, question, image, or association that struck you or came to mind as you were reading. Do one for each act (so 5 in total), and you'll be entered to win a $25 gc to the online book retailer of your choice. All posts should be completed by our final discussion day.
If it sounds fun, please join in. If not, no worries. 🙂
I'm loving the 🌕 imagery in Act I!

merelybookish This image is called "Athens & the Moon" by Olivia Lomenach Gill. oliviagill.com 2w
GingerAntics Oh I like that image. I need to start this play. I got caught up on the book I just finished, but I think I need to start this play tonight or tomorrow morning. ... Oh she‘s got a whole series of work based on this play. 💙💙💙 (edited) 2w
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wanderinglynn So much fun! I‘m in! 😀 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yes! They're cool aren't they? I think you'll enjoy the play! And I was able to read Act 1 pretty quickly. 2w
GingerAntics Her art is inspiring me. I think I need to sketch things based on this play, just to see what comes out. lol 2w
Daisey I'm not participating in the readalong, but this sounds like a great challenge to encourage greater discussion of the play. I look forward to following the posts. 2w
merelybookish @Daisey Oh thanks! That's indeed my hope, to stir up some more discussion along the way! 2w
TheBookHippie Yay!!!! I‘m excited!!! 2w
Bookwomble Melvin Bragg's radio show, In Our Time, recently discussed A Midsummer Night's Dream - interesting as ever: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00046rp 2w
merelybookish @Bookwomble Thanks for this! Looking forward to a listen. 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Well if you do sketch something, you should share it! 🙂 2w
Lcsmcat Sounds like fun ! I‘m in. 2w
GingerAntics That could be frightening. I‘m out of practice, but maybe. 2w
readordierachel 👍🏼👍🏼 2w
batsy I love that image... 2w
merelybookish @batsy I thought it was really striking! And I love all the moons! 2w
Gezemice Great image! 2w
merelybookish @Gezemice Are you reading the play this round? 1w
Gezemice @merelybookish I just got my copy from the library, so a bit behind, but yes! This is a fun one. 1w
merelybookish @Gezemice Glad your along! And yes, it is a fun! 1w
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How appropriate! (And inaccurate! 😆) Just a reminder the #shakespearereadalong of A Midsummer's Night Dream starts next week. Challenge announcement coming soon!
And if you want to see what Shakespeare character you are, the quiz is at

@GingerAntics @readinginthedark

Lcsmcat I got Juliet. My husband said “Don‘t you go dying on me.” 🤣 3w
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merelybookish @Lcsmcat Or go faking your death! 😀 3w
Liz_M Thanks for that. 3w
Rachbb3 I got Romeo! 😂😂😂 3w
Lcsmcat @Rachbb3 Don‘t tell my husband. 🤣 3w
merelybookish @Liz_M No problem! Did you take it? 3w
wanderinglynn I got Lorenzo from Merchant of Venice. 3w
Rachbb3 @Lcsmcat 😂😂 3w
batsy Fun! I got the same @wanderinglynn 😁 3w
merelybookish @wanderinglynn @batsy That is fun! And thanks for posting the description because I was curious what it means to be Lorenzo! (Been a while since I've read a Merchant in Venice.) 3w
kathedron Apparently I'm Prospero from The Tempest. (It's the books, right?) My poor daughter, is all I can say! 3w
Graywacke @wanderinglynn @batsy - me too...except I don‘t know who Lorenzo is. 3w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder I got Prospero! 3w
batsy @Graywacke 😂 I remembered a Lorenzo but absolutely nothing about him! 3w
merelybookish @batsy @wanderinglynn @Graywacke Maybe we should read Merchant of Venice next so you can understand who you are! 😀 3w
merelybookish @kathedron Interesting! Doesn't he come around in the end? 3w
wanderinglynn @batsy 🙌🏻 3w
wanderinglynn @merelybookish I like reading the descriptions too. 3w
batsy @merelybookish Thank you for trying to help us through our existential crisis 😆 (I'm game for reading it :) @wanderinglynn @Graywacke 3w
Graywacke @batsy 😂 😂 3w
BiblioLitten Prospero for me. It‘s been a while since I read Tempest. 3w
GingerAntics 🤞🏻I really want Puck!!! Or Hamlet!!! Probably Hamlet. Wait, I want multiple quotes. Perhaps I have multiple Shakespeare character disorder!!! (edited) 3w
GingerAntics I got Puck, too. I did it again to try for hamlet since I was tied for almost all the questions. After doing this multiple times, I a, convinced Hamlet isn‘t an option. Puck it is. 3w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Maybe they didn't include tragic figures...although they did include Romeo and Juliet. 3w
merelybookish @BiblioLitten The Tempest is one we've discussed doing soon. I'd like to read it again! 3w
GingerAntics @merelybookish maybe because that one is so widely known? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Hamlet is supposed to be his most popular play ever, though, so who knows. 3w
readordierachel This is great! Another confused Lorenzo here 😆 3w
merelybookish @readordierachel Maybe you guys could start a support group. 😆 3w
batsy @merelybookish @readordierachel Yup 😂 Are You There God? It's Us, the Lorenzos 3w
merelybookish @batsy @readordierachel Thank the goddess for the wisdom and insight of internet quizzes. 🤣 3w
Gezemice @batsy @wanderinglynn @Graywacke @readordierachel Another Lorenzo here... just as confused. I read The Merchant of Venice last year but I do not recall Lorenzo... where is this support group? 2w
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Put on your daisy chain crown because our next #shakespearereadalong play is A Midsummer Night's Dream. 🌳🐦🌷🧚
We start in two weeks. I'll be hosting so please be sure to tag me in your posts. I'm thinking of doing a challenge. Anyone game?
If you'd like to join us, comment and I'll add your name. Likewise let me know if you want to be removed from the list.
See you back here in a few weeks! Huzzah!
@readinginthedark @GingerAntics

Rachbb3 I've been wanting to get back into these. I had so much going on and other challenges to catch up on, I'm really going to try to do this! 😀 4w
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CoffeeNBooks Yay! One of my favorites! I'm looking forward to reading this again! 4w
GingerAntics 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘ve only read or seen bits and pieces of this one. I‘m so excited to get to read the whole thing. Looking forward to some summertime mischief. 4w
Graywacke Will we combine with Dead Poets Society? This was the first Shakespeare I read on my own and I was completely enraptured. (Surely it won‘t be like that again...??) As for the challenge - I‘m usually allergic to them, but I‘m curious too. Put me on the fence. 4w
wanderinglynn This is one of my faves! 💜 I‘m in! 4w
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Great! I think this is a good play to ease back in with! 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics yes, should be fun! 🙂 4w
merelybookish @Graywacke That would be great! I haven't watched that movie since I was a teenager. I LOVED it. And yes, will be interesting to see how AMND stands up to a re-read. And thanks for the challenge feedback. I'm thinking of something pretty low-stakes to further our conversation. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great!! 4w
Lcsmcat I‘m in. It‘s a reread for me, and the first Shakespeare I saw live, albeit a high school production. 4w
GingerAntics @merelybookish @Graywacke Dead Poets Society is on my VUDU wish list. How is it related to this play? 4w
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa A change from Henry. 😉 4w
merelybookish @Lcsmcat Glad you're along! have you seen any productions of it since? 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics One of the characters in the movie is in a production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. He plays Puck I think. 4w
TheBookHippie Yay !!!! Still in!!!! Can‘t wait! 4w
readordierachel Awesome! 4w
batsy Thanks! So excited! I remember loving it when I first read it and will be interested to see how I feel about it now. 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, I‘ll like to! Look forward to revisit this since high school! 4w
BiblioLitten One of my favourites! 3w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder I might try to mange this one...it's just in time for summer vacation! 3w
DGRachel I have very bad memories associated with this play, so I'm going to sit this one out, but please tag me when the next play starts! 3w
merelybookish @DGRachel Oh dear! I'm sorry to hear. But I'll remove you till our next one! 3w
merelybookish @readordierachel I hope you can join!! 3w
merelybookish @batsy I know! I have become so iffy on his comedies but feel like this one is different! 3w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Awesome! I'll add you to the list! 3w
RadicalReader @merelybookish I completely understand the bio of being an excellent mapper one seems to excel at this when they‘re no longer a child who refuses naps 3w
Daisey @jewright Thought you might be interested in following this! 3w
jewright @merelybookish I‘d like to join! 3w
merelybookish @jewright Welcome aboard!! 3w
teainthelibrary Is it too late to join?! 2w
merelybookish @teainthelibrary Never too late! We will be discussing Act 1 on Sunday. 2w
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Theseus: Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon; but, oh, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,
Like to a step-dame or a dowager,
Long withering out a young man‘s revenue.📚🌘
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Thank you for the tag @KathrynElise !!

1. Maybe cause I‘m using it a lot at work atm but I keep thinking about a midsummer nights dream!

2. A bank where the wild thyme grows of course

3. The Athenian law court :/

4. I think you‘re my newest follower @tipsy hi!

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Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself, it's only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and,
Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?

#dreams #anglophileapril @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola

Cinfhen Gorgeous illustration 😍 1mo
Eggs It is, thanks Cindy @Cinfhen 1mo
Reviewsbylola Beautiful! 😍 1mo
Mdargusch Love this! 💙 1mo
Eggs @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch Thank you ☺️ 1mo
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1. An email from Out of Print that announced that the app was finally available for Android.
2. I wish I could change the length back and forth between short and long without having to wait for it to grow.
3. Persimmons?
4. Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars
5. Cobweb and Moth from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
#premondayvibes @pepsicola

pdever Persimmons (the kind that grow wild in the hardwood woodlands of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana) seem like a lost fruit from a bygone era. If that's the kind you are talking about, then I think it's a great choice! They are delicious, but if you get one that's not ripe the skin is so astringent it will turn your mouth inside out. As kids we foraged persimmons after a hard frost for persimmon pudding. So good. 2mo
cobwebmoth @pdever I'll have to try to find some. 2mo
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anoint his eyes;
But do it when the next thing he espies
May be the lady: thou shalt know the man
By the Athenian garments he hath on.
Effect it with some care that he may prove
More fond on her than she upon her love;

Art by John Simmons
@Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch

Mdargusch Love this! 2mo
Crazeedi 💖💖 2mo
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous! 2mo
emilyhaldi You always go deep! 🖤 2mo
batsy Lovely! 2mo
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arlenefinnigan That's gorgeous! 2mo
Christinak @arlenefinnigan Here is the story about the image - there is a link at the bottom of the article that has digitized versions of the illustrations https://shakespeareandbeyond.folger.edu/2017/12/15/a-midsummer-nights-dream-alic... 2mo
gradcat It is indeed a very nice picture. ❤️ 2mo
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It's time for some Shakespeare on #SerialReader 😍

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I have these gorgeous Macmillan Collector's Library edition of William Shakespeare's plays I got in Stratford-upon-Avon two years ago and I am making it my personal mission to read through all of them this month.

Which is your favorite Shakespeare work? Mine is The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Libby1 I have a soft spot for The Winter‘s Tale and The Tempest. 3mo
jenniferw88 The Tempest & Hamlet - both bring back good memories from school, plus Gertrude (Hamlet) is the name of my great-grandmother. I love the Macmillan covers too - I have 2 of the Brontës in this edition. 3mo
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RachelO Gorgeous collection! 3mo
ulrichyumiodd My favorite is Othello. Those are beautiful! ❤️ 3mo
Kerrioke My favorites are Hamlet and Henry V ❤️ 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Beautiful books! Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream are my favorites! 3mo
Blueberry Hmm, maybe Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, or the one with Falstaff and the wives in town. They hide him in a laundry hamper...Merry Wives of Windsor. 3mo
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#timbittunes #startedfromthebottom @Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs

I think the majority of these prompts will be me choosing one of the words as I haven't heard of any of them! 😂😂😂

GatheringBooks nicely done! 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 4mo
Cinfhen I know some of the songs but even then....they are a bit tricky!!! Well done 👍🏻 4mo
TheKidUpstairs I'll take a Shakespeare reference any day! 4mo
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Slajaunie Love this one! It is hilarious! 4mo
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#quotsyjan19 @TK-421
Prompt: Base

From Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.