My friends, I’ve got some amazing things to tell you—but don’t ask me to tell you what. I swear by my Athenian citizenship that I won’t tell you anything. I’ll tell you everything exactly as it happened.
No, you won’t get a word out of me. All I’ll tell you is that the duke has had dinner already. Meet me at the palace as soon as possible. Look over your lines again. Our play’s going to be performed for the duke! So make sure Thisbe’s wearing clean underwear, and make sure whoever’s playing the lion doesn’t cut his nails because he needs them long to look like lion’s claws.
Tell us, Bottom.
I’m sure they’ll say “it’s a sweet play.” Now no more talking. Get busy, go!