Speeches (Lines) for Quince in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 2
  • Is all our company here?
  • Is all our company here?
  • Helena. How happy some o'er other some can be!
    Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.
    But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so;
    He will not know what all but he do know:
    And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes,
    So I, admiring of his qualities:
    Things base and vile, folding no quantity,
    Love can transpose to form and dignity:
    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:
    Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
    Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
    And therefore is Love said to be a child,
    Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
    As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
    So the boy Love is perjured every where:
    For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne,
    He hail'd down oaths that he was only mine;
    And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.
    I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight:
    Then to the wood will he to-morrow night
    Pursue her; and for this intelligence
    If I have thanks, it is a dear expense:
    But herein mean I to enrich my pain,
    To have his sight thither and back again.

    Quince. Is all our company here?

2 I / 2
  • Here is the scroll of every man's name, which is
    thought fit, through all At...
  • 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. 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.

3 I / 2
  • Marry, our play is, The most lamentable comedy, and
    most cruel death of Pyra...
  • Marry, our play is, The most lamentable comedy, and
    most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby.
  • 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. Marry, our play is, The most lamentable comedy, and
    most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby.

4 I / 2
  • Answer as I call you. Nick Bottom, the weaver.
  • Answer as I call you. Nick Bottom, the weaver.
  • 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.

5 I / 2
  • You, Nick Bottom, are set down for Pyramus.
  • You, Nick Bottom, are set down for Pyramus.
  • Bottom. Ready. Name what part I am for, and proceed.

    Quince. You, Nick Bottom, are set down for Pyramus.

6 I / 2
  • A lover, that kills himself most gallant for love.
  • A lover, that kills himself most gallant for love.
  • Bottom. What is Pyramus? a lover, or a tyrant?

    Quince. A lover, that kills himself most gallant for love.

7 I / 2
  • Francis Flute, the bellows-mender.
  • Francis Flute, the bellows-mender.
  • Bottom. That will ask some tears in the true performing of
    it: if I do it, let the audience look to their
    eyes; I will move storms, I will condole in some
    measure. To the rest: yet my chief humour is for a
    tyrant: I could play Ercles rarely, or a part to
    tear a cat in, to make all split.
    The raging rocks
    And shivering shocks
    Shall break the locks
    Of prison gates;
    And Phibbus' car
    Shall shine from far
    And make and mar
    The foolish Fates.
    This was lofty! Now name the rest of the players.
    This is Ercles' vein, a tyrant's vein; a lover is
    more condoling.

    Quince. Francis Flute, the bellows-mender.

8 I / 2
  • Flute, you must take Thisby on you.
  • Flute, you must take Thisby on you.
  • Flute. Here, Peter Quince.

    Quince. Flute, you must take Thisby on you.

9 I / 2
  • It is the lady that Pyramus must love.
  • It is the lady that Pyramus must love.
  • Flute. What is Thisby? a wandering knight?

    Quince. It is the lady that Pyramus must love.

10 I / 2
  • That's all one: you shall play it in a mask, and
    you may speak as small as y...
  • That's all one: you shall play it in a mask, and
    you may speak as small as you will.
  • Flute. Nay, faith, let me not play a woman; I have a beard coming.

    Quince. That's all one: you shall play it in a mask, and
    you may speak as small as you will.

11 I / 2
  • No, no; you must play Pyramus: and, Flute, you Thisby.
  • No, no; you must play Pyramus: and, Flute, you Thisby.
  • Bottom. An I may hide my face, let me play Thisby too, I'll
    speak in a monstrous little voice. 'Thisne,
    Thisne;' 'Ah, Pyramus, lover dear! thy Thisby dear,
    and lady dear!'

    Quince. No, no; you must play Pyramus: and, Flute, you Thisby.

12 I / 2
  • Robin Starveling, the tailor.
  • Robin Starveling, the tailor.
  • Bottom. Well, proceed.

    Quince. Robin Starveling, the tailor.

13 I / 2
  • Robin Starveling, you must play Thisby's mother.
    Tom Snout, the tinker.
  • Robin Starveling, you must play Thisby's mother.
    Tom Snout, the tinker.
  • Starveling. Here, Peter Quince.

    Quince. Robin Starveling, you must play Thisby's mother.
    Tom Snout, the tinker.

14 I / 2
  • You, Pyramus' father: myself, Thisby's father:
    Snug, the joiner; you, the li...
  • You, Pyramus' father: myself, Thisby's father:
    Snug, the joiner; you, the lion's part: and, I
    hope, here is a play fitted.
  • Snout. Here, Peter Quince.

    Quince. You, Pyramus' father: myself, Thisby's father:
    Snug, the joiner; you, the lion's part: and, I
    hope, here is a play fitted.

15 I / 2
  • You may do it extempore, for it is nothing but roaring.
  • You may do it extempore, for it is nothing but roaring.
  • Snug. Have you the lion's part written? pray you, if it
    be, give it me, for I am slow of study.

    Quince. You may do it extempore, for it is nothing but roaring.

16 I / 2
  • An you should do it too terribly, you would fright
    the duchess and the ladie...
  • An you should do it too terribly, you would fright
    the duchess and the ladies, that they would shriek;
    and that were enough to hang us all.
  • Bottom. Let me play the lion too: I will roar, that I will
    do any man's heart good to hear me; I will roar,
    that I will make the duke say 'Let him roar again,
    let him roar again.'

    Quince. An you should do it too terribly, you would fright
    the duchess and the ladies, that they would shriek;
    and that were enough to hang us all.

17 I / 2
  • You can play no part but Pyramus; for Pyramus is a
    sweet-faced man; a proper...
  • You can play no part but Pyramus; for Pyramus is a
    sweet-faced man; a proper man, as one shall see in a
    summer's day; a most lovely gentleman-like man:
    therefore you must needs play Pyramus.
  • Bottom. I grant you, friends, if that you should fright the
    ladies out of their wits, they would have no more
    discretion but to hang us: but I will aggravate my
    voice so that I will roar you as gently as any
    sucking dove; I will roar you an 'twere any
    nightingale.

    Quince. You can play no part but Pyramus; for Pyramus is a
    sweet-faced man; a proper man, as one shall see in a
    summer's day; a most lovely gentleman-like man:
    therefore you must needs play Pyramus.

18 I / 2
  • Why, what you will.
  • Why, what you will.
  • Bottom. Well, I will undertake it. What beard were I best
    to play it in?

    Quince. Why, what you will.

19 I / 2
  • Some of your French crowns have no hair at all, and
    then you will play bare-...
  • Some of your French crowns have no hair at all, and
    then you will play bare-faced. But, masters, here
    are your parts: and I am to entreat you, request
    you and desire you, to con them by to-morrow night;
    and meet me in the palace wood, a mile without the
    town, by moonlight; there will we rehearse, for if
    we meet in the city, we shall be dogged with
    company, and our devices known. In the meantime I
    will draw a bill of properties, such as our play
    wants. I pray you, fail me not.
  • Bottom. I will discharge it in either your straw-colour
    beard, your orange-tawny beard, your purple-in-grain
    beard, or your French-crown-colour beard, your
    perfect yellow.

    Quince. Some of your French crowns have no hair at all, and
    then you will play bare-faced. But, masters, here
    are your parts: and I am to entreat you, request
    you and desire you, to con them by to-morrow night;
    and meet me in the palace wood, a mile without the
    town, by moonlight; there will we rehearse, for if
    we meet in the city, we shall be dogged with
    company, and our devices known. In the meantime I
    will draw a bill of properties, such as our play
    wants. I pray you, fail me not.

20 I / 2
  • At the duke's oak we meet.
  • At the duke's oak we meet.
  • Bottom. We will meet; and there we may rehearse most
    obscenely and courageously. Take pains; be perfect: adieu.

    Quince. At the duke's oak we meet.

21 III / 1
  • Pat, pat; and here's a marvellous convenient place
    for our rehearsal. This g...
  • Pat, pat; and here's a marvellous convenient place
    for our rehearsal. This green plot shall be our
    stage, this hawthorn-brake our tiring-house; and we
    will do it in action as we will do it before the duke.
  • Bottom. Are we all met?

    Quince. Pat, pat; and here's a marvellous convenient place
    for our rehearsal. This green plot shall be our
    stage, this hawthorn-brake our tiring-house; and we
    will do it in action as we will do it before the duke.

22 III / 1
  • What sayest thou, bully Bottom?
  • What sayest thou, bully Bottom?
  • Bottom. Peter Quince,--

    Quince. What sayest thou, bully Bottom?

23 III / 1
  • Well, we will have such a prologue; and it shall be
    written in eight and six...
  • Well, we will have such a prologue; and it shall be
    written in eight and six.
  • Bottom. Not a whit: I have a device to make all well.
    Write me a prologue; and let the prologue seem to
    say, we will do no harm with our swords, and that
    Pyramus is not killed indeed; and, for the more
    better assurance, tell them that I, Pyramus, am not
    Pyramus, but Bottom the weaver: this will put them
    out of fear.

    Quince. Well, we will have such a prologue; and it shall be
    written in eight and six.

24 III / 1
  • Well it shall be so. But there is two hard things;
    that is, to bring the moo...
  • Well it shall be so. But there is two hard things;
    that is, to bring the moonlight into a chamber; for,
    you know, Pyramus and Thisby meet by moonlight.
  • Bottom. Nay, you must name his name, and half his face must
    be seen through the lion's neck: and he himself
    must speak through, saying thus, or to the same
    defect,--'Ladies,'--or 'Fair-ladies--I 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 lion, it
    were pity of my life: no I am no such thing; I am a
    man as other men are;' and there indeed let him name
    his name, and tell them plainly he is Snug the joiner.

    Quince. Well it shall be so. But there is two hard things;
    that is, to bring the moonlight into a chamber; for,
    you know, Pyramus and Thisby meet by moonlight.

25 III / 1
  • Yes, it doth shine that night.
  • Yes, it doth shine that night.
  • Bottom. A calendar, a calendar! look in the almanac; find
    out moonshine, find out moonshine.

    Quince. Yes, it doth shine that night.

26 III / 1
  • Ay; or else one must come in with a bush of thorns
    and a lanthorn, and say h...
  • Ay; or else one must come in with a bush of thorns
    and a lanthorn, and say he comes to disfigure, or to
    present, the person of Moonshine. Then, there is
    another thing: we must have a wall in the great
    chamber; for Pyramus and Thisby says the story, did
    talk through the chink of a wall.
  • Bottom. Why, then may you leave a casement of the great
    chamber window, where we play, open, and the moon
    may shine in at the casement.

    Quince. Ay; or else one must come in with a bush of thorns
    and a lanthorn, and say he comes to disfigure, or to
    present, the person of Moonshine. Then, there is
    another thing: we must have a wall in the great
    chamber; for Pyramus and Thisby says the story, did
    talk through the chink of a wall.

27 III / 1
  • If that may be, then all is well. Come, sit down,
    every mother's son, and re...
  • If that may be, then all is well. Come, sit down,
    every mother's son, and rehearse your parts.
    Pyramus, you begin: when you have spoken your
    speech, enter into that brake: and so every one
    according to his cue.
  • Bottom. Some man or other must present Wall: and let him
    have some plaster, or some loam, or some rough-cast
    about him, to signify wall; and let him hold his
    fingers thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus
    and Thisby whisper.

    Quince. If that may be, then all is well. Come, sit down,
    every mother's son, and rehearse your parts.
    Pyramus, you begin: when you have spoken your
    speech, enter into that brake: and so every one
    according to his cue.

28 III / 1
  • Speak, Pyramus. Thisby, stand forth.
  • Speak, Pyramus. Thisby, stand forth.
  • Puck. What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here,
    So near the cradle of the fairy queen?
    What, a play toward! I'll be an auditor;
    An actor too, perhaps, if I see cause.

    Quince. Speak, Pyramus. Thisby, stand forth.

29 III / 1
  • Odours, odours.
  • Odours, odours.
  • Bottom. Thisby, the flowers of odious savours sweet,--

    Quince. Odours, odours.

30 III / 1
  • Ay, marry, must you; for you must understand he goes
    but to see a noise that...
  • Ay, marry, must you; for you must understand he goes
    but to see a noise that he heard, and is to come again.
  • Flute. Must I speak now?

    Quince. Ay, marry, must you; for you must understand he goes
    but to see a noise that he heard, and is to come again.

31 III / 1
  • 'Ninus' tomb,' man: why, you must not speak that
    yet; that you answer to Pyr...
  • 'Ninus' tomb,' man: why, you must not speak that
    yet; that you answer to Pyramus: you speak all your
    part at once, cues and all Pyramus enter: your cue
    is past; it is, 'never tire.'
  • Flute. Most radiant Pyramus, most lily-white of hue,
    Of colour like the red rose on triumphant brier,
    Most brisky juvenal and eke most lovely Jew,
    As true as truest horse that yet would never tire,
    I'll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny's tomb.

    Quince. 'Ninus' tomb,' man: why, you must not speak that
    yet; that you answer to Pyramus: you speak all your
    part at once, cues and all Pyramus enter: your cue
    is past; it is, 'never tire.'

32 III / 1
  • O monstrous! O strange! we are haunted. Pray,
    masters! fly, masters! Help!
  • O monstrous! O strange! we are haunted. Pray,
    masters! fly, masters! Help!
  • Bottom. If I were fair, Thisby, I were only thine.

    Quince. O monstrous! O strange! we are haunted. Pray,
    masters! fly, masters! Help!

33 III / 1
  • Bless thee, Bottom! bless thee! thou art
    translated.
  • Bless thee, Bottom! bless thee! thou art
    translated.
  • Bottom. What do you see? you see an asshead of your own, do
    you?

    Quince. Bless thee, Bottom! bless thee! thou art
    translated.

34 IV / 2
  • Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he come home yet?
  • Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he come home yet?
  • Bottom. [Awaking] 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.

    Quince. Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he come home yet?

35 IV / 2
  • It is not possible: you have not a man in all
    Athens able to discharge Pyram...
  • It is not possible: you have not a man in all
    Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.
  • 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.

36 IV / 2
  • Yea and the best person too; and he is a very
    paramour for a sweet voice.
  • Yea and the best person too; and he is a very
    paramour for a sweet voice.
  • Flute. No, 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.

37 IV / 2
  • Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy hour!
  • Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy hour!
  • Bottom. Where are these lads? where are these hearts?

    Quince. Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy hour!

38 IV / 2
  • Let us hear, sweet Bottom.
  • Let us hear, sweet Bottom.
  • Bottom. Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but ask me not
    what; for if I tell you, I am no true Athenian. I
    will tell you every thing, right as it fell out.

    Quince. Let us hear, sweet Bottom.

39 V / 1
  • If we offend, it is with our good will.
    That you should think, we come not t...
  • If we offend, it is with our good will.
    That you should think, we come not to offend,
    But with good will. To show our simple skill,
    That is the true beginning of our end.
    Consider then we come but in despite.
    We do not come as minding to contest you,
    Our true intent is. All for your delight
    We are not here. That you should here repent you,
    The actors are at hand and by their show
    You shall know all that you are like to know.
  • Theseus. Let him approach.

    Quince. If we offend, it is with our good will.
    That you should think, we come not to offend,
    But with good will. To show our simple skill,
    That is the true beginning of our end.
    Consider then we come but in despite.
    We do not come as minding to contest you,
    Our true intent is. All for your delight
    We are not here. That you should here repent you,
    The actors are at hand and by their show
    You shall know all that you are like to know.

40 V / 1
  • Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show;
    But wonder on, till truth make a...
  • Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show;
    But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.
    This man is Pyramus, if you would know;
    This beauteous lady Thisby is certain.
    This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present
    Wall, that vile Wall which did these lovers sunder;
    And through Wall's chink, poor souls, they are content
    To whisper. At the which let no man wonder.
    This man, with lanthorn, dog, and bush of thorn,
    Presenteth Moonshine; for, if you will know,
    By moonshine did these lovers think no scorn
    To meet at Ninus' tomb, there, there to woo.
    This grisly beast, which Lion hight by name,
    The trusty Thisby, coming first by night,
    Did scare away, or rather did affright;
    And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall,
    Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain.
    Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth and tall,
    And finds his trusty Thisby's mantle slain:
    Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade,
    He bravely broach'd is boiling bloody breast;
    And Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade,
    His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest,
    Let Lion, Moonshine, Wall, and lovers twain
    At large discourse, while here they do remain.
  • Theseus. His speech, was like a tangled chain; nothing
    impaired, but all disordered. Who is next?

    Quince. Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show;
    But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.
    This man is Pyramus, if you would know;
    This beauteous lady Thisby is certain.
    This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present
    Wall, that vile Wall which did these lovers sunder;
    And through Wall's chink, poor souls, they are content
    To whisper. At the which let no man wonder.
    This man, with lanthorn, dog, and bush of thorn,
    Presenteth Moonshine; for, if you will know,
    By moonshine did these lovers think no scorn
    To meet at Ninus' tomb, there, there to woo.
    This grisly beast, which Lion hight by name,
    The trusty Thisby, coming first by night,
    Did scare away, or rather did affright;
    And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall,
    Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain.
    Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth and tall,
    And finds his trusty Thisby's mantle slain:
    Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade,
    He bravely broach'd is boiling bloody breast;
    And Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade,
    His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest,
    Let Lion, Moonshine, Wall, and lovers twain
    At large discourse, while here they do remain.

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