Hermia and Helena fight. Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Helena due to Puck's spell. Hermia wants answers to why Lysander is in love with Helena. Helena doesn't know either and they get into a 'catfight' and fall into a pond.
O me!You juggler! You canker-blossom! You thief of love! What, have you come by night. And stol'n my love’s heart from him?
Elements of comedy: Insults & misunderstandings
Fine, i faith! Have you no modesty, no maiden shame? No touch of bashfulness? What, will you tear. Impatient answers from my gentle tongue? Fie, fie! You counterfeit, you puppet, you!
“Puppet”? Why so? - Ay, that way goes the game. Now I perceive that she hath made compare. Between our statures. She hath urged her height, And with her personage, her tall personage, Her height, forsooth, she hath prevailed with him. And are you grown so high in his esteem. Because I am so dwarfish and so low? How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak. How low am I? I am not yet so low. But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes.
Elements of comedy: Insults, misunderstandings & slapstick
I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen, let her not hurt me. I was never cursed. I have no gift at all in shrewishness. I am a right maid for my cowardice. Let her not strike me. You perhaps may think. Because she is something lower than myself, That I can match her.
This is thy negligence. Still thou mistakest, Or elsecommitt’st thy knaveries willfully.
Get you gone,you dwarf, You minimus of hindering knotgrass made, You bead, you acorn!