• Enter QUINCE, FLUTE, SNOUT, and STARVELING

    QUINCE

    Have you sent to Bottom’s house? Is he come home yet?

    STARVELING

    He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is transported.

    FLUTE

    If he come not, then the play is marred. It goes not forward. Doth it?

    QUINCE

    It is not possible. You have not a man in all Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.

    FLUTE

    5No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in Athens.

    QUINCE

    Yea, and the best person too. And he is a very paramour for a sweet voice.

    FLUTE

    You must say “paragon.” A “paramour” is, God bless us, a thing of naught.
    Enter SNUG

    SNUG

    Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and there is two or three lords and ladies more married. If our sport had gone forward, we had all been made men.

    FLUTE

    O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence a day during his life. He could not have ’scaped sixpence a day. An the duke had not given him sixpence a day for playing Pyramus, I’ll be hanged.
  • QUINCE, FLUTE, SNOUT, and STARVELING enter.

    QUINCE

    Have you sent anyone to Bottom’s house? Has he come home yet?

    STARVELING

    No one’s heard from him. I’m sure he’s been kidnapped.

    FLUTE

    If he doesn’t show up, the play is ruined. It won’t go on. Will it?

    QUINCE

    No, it would be impossible. He’s the only person in Athens who can play Pyramus.

    FLUTE

    Definitely. He’s quite simply the smartest working-man in Athens.

    QUINCE

    Yes, and the best looking too. And his voice is the paramour of sweetness.

    FLUTE

    You mean “paragon.” A “paramour” is something bad.

    “paramour”

    paramour = lover

    SNUG enters.

    SNUG

    The duke’s leaving the temple. Two or three more lords and ladies have been married too. If we’d been able to put on our play, we would have had it made.

    FLUTE

    Oh that great, funny guy, Bottom! He would have gotten a pension of six pence a day for his whole life. Six pence a day would’ve been forced on him. I’ll be damned if the duke wouldn’t have given him six pence a day for playing Pyramus.