A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When my cue comes, call me, and I will a

Nick Bottom

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Age Range
Act 4, Scene 1
Time & Place
A wood outside of Athens
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Monologue Context

Puck, the mischievous servant of the King of Fairies gave the poor, unwitting Nick

Monologue Text

When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer: my next is, 'Most fair Pyramus.' Heigh-ho! Peter Quince! Flute, the bellows-mender! Snout, the tinker! Starveling! God's my life, stolen hence, and left me asleep! I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was--there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had, but man is but a patched fool, if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream: it shall be called Bottom's Dream, because it hath no bottom; and I will sing it in the latter end of a play, before the duke: peradventure, to make it the more gracious, I shall sing it at her death.

Shakespeare, William, A Midsummer Night's Dream, ed. R.A. Foakes, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

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