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Quote:  “He has given her rhymes, interchanged love
tokens with my child; hast by moonlight at her window sung verses of feigning
love and stol’n her fantasy with bracelets, rings and trifles.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 29-35. Egeus to Theseus.  Early in the play, Egeus, Hermia’s father, tells Theseus, the Duke of Athens, that he demands his daughter marry Demetrius, rather than her fiance Lysander. For whatever reasons, Egeus doesn’t believe that Lysander is qualified to be his daughter’s husband. His arguments before the duke include this quote. Egeus goes on to say Lysander has “bewitched my child,” and “turned her obedience to stubborn harshness.”

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Quote:   “I would my father looked but with my
eyes.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1, Line
58.  Hermia to Theseus.  Having heard Egeus rant, insisting that his daughter Hermia marry Demetrius, diplomatic Theseus suggests to Hermia that she consider Demetrius, he being a pretty good guy. Hermia proudly says “So is Lysander.” She asks Theseus: what is the worst that will happen to me if I don’t marry Demetrius? It’s about here where she offers this quote. Theseus tells her that she will either die or must forever give-up the company of men. Hermia replies: so I will die. Theseus suggests she take some time to think it over.

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Quote:  “Ay me!  The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1, Line
136.  Lysander to Hermia.  Lysander tells Hermia, his fiancée, that he has a widow aunt who has accepted him almost like a son. He tells her that she lives some twenty miles out of town. He tells her that we can marry there. He suggests they elope the next night. He tells her they can slip out of town quietly through the woods. He offers this quote.

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Quote:  “O, teach me how you look and with what art
you sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 196-197.  Helena to Hermia.  Helena and Hermia have been friends from childhood. Helena is presently engaged to Demetrius. A serious conflict develops between the two friends because Hermia’s father wants his daughter to marry Demetrius. Mistakenly, Helena is angry and envious, believing that Hermia has used her charms to attract Demetrius. A discouraged Helena offers Hermia this quote. Hermia lets Helena know that she need not worry; that she and Lysander are going to elope and run off through the woods the next night.

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Quote:  “Love looks not with the eyes but with the
mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 240-241.  Helena to herself.  Hermia has just left the stage, suggesting to Helena that she and Demetrius “dote’ on each other. To herself, Helena says such things as how happy one can be when compared with another and that “throughout Athens I am thought to be as fair as she.” And then she says “But what of that.” This is when she starts thinking about Cupid, offering this quote.

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Quote:  “Love is said to be a child because in choice
he is so oft beguiled.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1, Lines
244-245.  Helena to herself.  Despondent Helena continues to reflect on her current predicament. She says things such as Demetrius has sworn his love and fidelity to me time after time, and yet along comes Hermia who must have used her many charms to capture him, and he fell for her. She’s come to distrust her long-time friend Hermia.

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Quote:  “Not for thy fairy kingdom.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 1, Line
149.  Titania to Oberon.  Oberon and Titania are the king and queen of the fairies and they reside in the woods. Their relationship is being tested. We learn from Robin Goodfellow (Oberon’s spirit) that Titania has stolen a boy from an Indian king, and that Oberon is real upset about it. Oberon challenges Titania to give up the boy; saying if she does he’ll stick by her. The quote is her response!

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Quote:  “We cannot fight for love as men may do.  We should be wooed and were not made to
woo.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 1,
Lines 248-249.  Helena to Demetrius.  Trying to maintain her composure, Helena unsuccessfully begs Demetrius to return to her, saying his wrongs are scandalous and that his conduct represents unfairness to women everywhere. It is unclear why Demetrius has agreed to Egeus’ demand, fallen for Hermia and forsaken Helena. We figure Egeus might have been wealthy.

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Quote: “Things growing are not ripe until their
season; so I being young, till now ripe not to reason.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 2,
Lines 124-125.  Lysander to Helena. Oberon and Puck have tried to help the couples reconcile, but through miscommunication, their plan has backfired. Because of Oberon and Puck’s mistake, Lysander has fallen for Helena. Through this quote, he is trying to justify to Helena why he has fallen for her. Helena feels the two men are making fun of her, she knowing full well that Lysander and Hermia have been a couple for some time. She knows the two of them were in the woods, planning to elope. She says to Lysander “You love Hermia and she loves you. Be content.” He, being under the magic spell of the nectar from the pansy, mistakenly placed on his eyelids by Puck, tells her “who would not change a raven for a dove!”

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Quote: “And yet, reason and love keep little company
together nowadays.” 

Answer: Act 3, Scene 1,
Lines 145-146.  Bottom to Titania.  Titania, under the magic spell of the pansy’s nectar, Oberon’s doing, having wakened and seen Bottom “translated” as he was with the head of a donkey, Puck’s doing, tells Bottom how much she loves him, saying such things as: “sing again, my ear is much enamored of thy note, so is mine eye enthralled to thy shape.” A bewildered Bottom, loving all the attention, tells her she doesn’t have much justification to believe in him. Thinking it through a little bit, he begins to believe that maybe Titania’s love for him is real. He offers this quote.