The Dream

The Dream Synposis

The King and Queen of Fairyland, Oberon and Titania, are quarrelling over the changeling Indian boy. Oberon sends his sprite Puck through the forest to fetch a strange flower, the juice of which when dropped into the eyes during sleep brings love for the first thing seen on waking. Oberon plans to use this to spite Titania. Into the forest have strayed a happy pair of lovers, Lysander and Hermia, and their two unhappy friends, Helena and Demetrius. Helena's love for Demetrius is at present unrequited, for he desires Hermia. Oberon observes these mortals and when Puck returns with the magic flower he sends him to charm Demetrius into falling in love with Helena.

Oberon, meanwhile, drops some of the charm into his Queen's eyes and causes her to be awakened by a rustic called Bottom on whom the returning Puck, to heighten his master's revenge, has fixed the ass's head. On waking, Titania falls in love but Puck, for all his cleverness, has complicated the affairs of the mortal lovers by charming the wrong man, Lysander, into falling in love with Helena. Oberon commands Puck to create a fog, under cover of which all is put right. Titania, released from her spell, is reconciled to her master, and the mortal lovers are happily paired off. Bottom, restored to human form but with dream-like memories of what lately happened, goes on his puzzled way. “I will get Peter Quince to write a ballet of this dream. It shall be called Bottom's Dream.”

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