The Sleeping Forest

The Sleeping Forest

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  • Servants
  • Egeus
  • Theseus
  • Approaching the Woods...
  • My queen, allow me to take you up the mountains and listen to the sound of my hounds.
  • Hippolyta
  • Wow! The bark from a Spartan dog was the most wonderful sound I'd ever heard in the woods during my last visit.
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  • Helena
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  • Demetrius
  • Well, my hounds are quite different than Spartan dogs as they don't share the same characteristics.
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  • Lysander
  • Hermia
  • In the Woods...
  • Is that my daughter?
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  • My lord, one of them is my daughter and something certainly does not look right.
  • Wait, who are these people and why are they sleeping here?
  • In the Woods...
  • Servants, come with your horns and wake them up.
  • As the May Day ceremonies end, Theseus decides to take Hippolyta out into the mountains to listen to the bark of his hounds. Hippolyta is looking forward as nostalgia strikes her of her past memories in the woods. Theseus and Hippolyta along with Egeus and his servents head off to the woods in order to reach the mountains.
  • oh no
  • oh no
  • oh no
  • why is my father here?
  • Yes, my lord.
  • Egeus, Isn't it the day your daughter supposed to declare if she is willing to marry Demetrius?
  • The group and their servants head into the woods as they continue their quest. Theseus tells Hippolyta how his hounds are different than the dogs Hippolyta saw. Egeus appears to be paying little attention to their chat since he believes he sees a person who looks like his daughter just a few metres away from them.
  • My love for Hermia has faded, and all I have now is Helena and I only want to be with Helena
  • Please pardon me, but all I have to say is that Hermia and I are sincere lovers, and we had to go in order to avoid Athenian Law.
  • Let us hear their explanation before taking any actions.
  • Hippolyta was here too!
  • They come across four young people as they continue walking. The youths confuse Theseus as he wants answers to the youngsters’ identities and why they are sleeping in the woods. He instructs the servants to rouse them. Although Egeus didn't know much, he quickly identified one of the youths as his daughter and immediately informs Theseus.
  • It is all true and he told us to follow him to the temple!
  • This moment is certainly not a dream and its all real!
  • No one will be punished, and instead, you will all get married today to your desired lovers.
  • Please follow me and we shall celebrate!
  • Aren't you glad to see me here, lovers?
  • In the Woods...
  • Theseus' perplexity grows when Egeus reveals one of the youth's identities to him. Theseus is aware that Egeus' daughter should be declaring her feelings about her marriage, but she is instead sleeping in the woods with an unknown man. Egeus believes that the law should punish them. 
  • However, I am unsure as to why she is here with another man!
  • They must be punished!
  • In the Woods...
  • The youths wake up with a look of horror on their faces. Hermia is overcome with emotion at hearing her father's news. Before taking any action, Theseus advises listening to everyone's reasoning. Lysander explains how he and Hermia ended up in the woods. Demetrius claims that he is no longer interested in marrying Hermia as his love falls for another person.
  • Leaving the Woods...
  • Theseus realizes the lovers' love. He puts an end to their anguish by announcing that no one will be punished and that the lovers would instead be married. The couples are overjoyed. Demetrius feels he is living a dream, but the others assure him that everything is true. Theseus then commands the lovers to follow him to the temple.
  • Am I dreaming or did he tell us to follow him to our wedding?
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