• Enter QUINCE the carpenter, and SNUG the joiner, and BOTTOM the weaver, and FLUTE the bellows-mender, and SNOUT the tinker, and STARVELING the tailor

    QUINCE

    Is all our company here?

    BOTTOM

    You were best to call them generally, man by man, according to the scrip.

    QUINCE

    Here is the scroll of every man’s name which is thought fit, through all Athens, to play in our interlude before the duke and the duchess, on his wedding day at night.

    BOTTOM

    First, good Peter Quince, say what the play treats on, then read the names of the actors, and so grow to a point.

    QUINCE

    5Marry, our play is The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe.

    BOTTOM

    A very good piece of work, I assure you, and a merry.—Now, good Peter Quince, call forth your actors by the scroll.—Masters, spread yourselves.

    QUINCE

    Answer as I call you.—Nick Bottom, the weaver?

    BOTTOM

    Ready. Name what part I am for and proceed.

    QUINCE

    You, Nick Bottom, are set down for Pyramus.
  • QUINCE, the carpenter, enters with SNUG, the cabinetmaker; BOTTOM, the weaver; FLUTE, the bellows-repairman; SNOUT, the handyman; and STARVELING, the tailor.

    QUINCE

    Is everyone here?

    BOTTOM

    You should call their names generally, one person at a time, in the order in which their names appear on this piece of paper.

    generally,

    Bottom means “individually,” not “generally. Bottom frequently makes mistakes with words.

    QUINCE

    This is a list of the names of all the men in Athens who are good enough to act in the play we’re going to perform for the duke and duchess on their wedding night.

    BOTTOM

    First, Peter Quince, tell us what the play is about, then read the names of the actors, and then shut up.

    QUINCE

    All right. Our play is called A Very Tragic Comedy About the Horrible Deaths of Pyramus and Thisbe.

    BOTTOM

    Let me tell you, it’s a great piece of work, and very—funny.—Now, Peter Quince, call the names of the actors on the list. Men, gather around him.

    QUINCE

    Answer when I call your name.—Nick Bottom, the weaver?

    BOTTOM

    Here. Tell me which part I’m going to play, then go on.

    QUINCE

    You, Nick Bottom, have been cast as Pyramus.