Masters, you ought to consider with yourselves: to
bring inGod shield us!a lion among ladies, is a
dreadful thing; for there is not a more fearful
wild-fowl than your lion living; and we ought to
look to 't.
Therefore another prologue must tell he is not a lion.
Nay, you must name his name, and half his face must
be seen through the lion's neck: and he himself
speak through, saying thus, or to the same
defect,'Ladies,'or 'Fair-ladiesI would wish
You,'or 'I would request
you,'or 'I would
entreat you, not to fear, not to tremble: my life
for yours. If you think I come hither as a
were pity of my life: no I am no such thing; I am a
man as other men are;' and there indeed let him
his name, and tell them plainly he is Snug the joiner.
Well it shall be so. But there is two hard things;
that is, to bring the moonlight into a chamber; for,
know, Pyramus and Thisby meet by moonlight.
Doth the moon shine that night we play our play?
A calendar, a calendar! look in the almanac; find
out moonshine, find out moonshine.
Yes, it doth shine that night.
Why, then may you leave a casement of the great
chamber window, where we play, open, and the moon
shine in at the casement.
Ay; or else one must come in with a bush of thorns
and a lanthorn, and say he comes to disfigure, or
present, the person of Moonshine. Then, there is
another thing: we must have a wall in the great
Pyramus and Thisby says the story, did
talk through the chink of a wall.
You can never bring in a wall. What say you, Bottom?
Some man or other must present Wall: and let him
have some plaster, or some loam, or some rough-
about him, to signify wall; and let him hold his
fingers thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus
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