By William Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 1588368297

ISBN-13: 9781588368294

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wooden give you the fabrics for considered one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable comedies. while 4 younger fanatics, fleeing the Athenian legislations and their very own mismatched rivalries, take to the woodland of Athens, their lives turn into entangled with a feud among the King and Queen of the Fairies. a few Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the drawing close marriage ceremony of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, by accident upload to the hilarity. the result's a wonderful mix-up of wish and appeal, merriment and farce, all touched by way of Shakespeare's inimitable imaginative and prescient of the fascinating courting among artwork and existence, goals and the waking world.

Each variation Includes:
• finished explanatory notes
• shiny introductions and the main updated scholarship
• transparent, modernized spelling and punctuation, permitting modern readers to appreciate the Elizabethan English
• thoroughly up to date, special bibliographies and function histories
• An interpretive essay on movie diversifications of the play, in addition to an intensive filmography

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PINCHWIFE I have dined already. HORNER Come, I know thou hast not. I'll treat thee, dear rogue; thou shalt spend none of thy Hampshire money today. PINCHWIFE [aside] Treat me! So, he uses me already like his cuckold. 3 HORNER Nay, you shall not go. PINCHWIFE I must, I have business at home. Exit PINCHWIFE. HARCOURT TO beat his wife; he's as jealous of her as a Cheapside hus­ band of a Covent Garden wife. HORNER Why, 'tis as hard to find an old whoremaster without jealousy and the gout, as a young one without fear or the pox.

SPARKISH That's a good one; I hate a man for loving you! If he did love you, 'tis but what he can't help; and 'tis your fault, not his, if he admires you. I hate a man for being of my opinion! I'll ne'er do't, by the world. ALITHEA Is it for your honor or mine, to suffer a man to make love to me, who am to marry you tomorrow? SPARKISH It is for your honor or mine, to have me jealous? That he makes love to you is a sign you are handsome; and that I am not jealous is a sign you are virtuous. That, I think, is for your honor.

SPARKISH Ay indeed, madam, too, too cruel to me, to hate my friend for my sake. ALITHEA I hate him because he is your enemy; and you ought to hate him too, for making love to me, if you love me. SPARKISH That's a good one; I hate a man for loving you! If he did love you, 'tis but what he can't help; and 'tis your fault, not his, if he admires you. I hate a man for being of my opinion! I'll ne'er do't, by the world. ALITHEA Is it for your honor or mine, to suffer a man to make love to me, who am to marry you tomorrow?

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