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(none) | Print-friendly version Titania and Bottom "My Oberon! what visions have I seen!
Methought I was enamoured of an ass."
Titania (above) Act 4, Scene 1
What the Puck?

Thanks to cheeky imp Puck and his magic love-juice, the woods are alive with the sounds of kissing. Following orders from fairy Chief Oberon, the sprite sorted out a thorny love-tangle amongst the youth of Athens - but not without a few hiccups. And the night didn't go so well for Oberon's missus Titania, who made a real ass of herself!

It began when young stud Demetrius decided he'd wed babe Hermia, and got her Dad's say-so to do it. But the course of true love never did run smooth -

she preferred luscious lover Lysander instead! All the time, leggy lovely Helena was mooning after dishy Demetrius - who couldn't have cared less.

When saucy pair Hermia and Lysander ran off to the woods, Demetrius was quick to follow - with hapless Helena trailing after. But pesky pixie Puck had a surprise in store for them.

Meanwhile, some local yokels had the fright of their life when the little mischief maker gave their mate Nick Bottom a donkey's

who's whoContinued below...
He's King of the Fairies, so he's pretty used to being obeyed. That meant when his missus Titania wouldn't give him what he wanted, he made sure she'd regret it!
The Queen of the Fairies, is a strong proud woman who keeps her promises. Despite being very much in love, she and Oberon can have their disagreements.
Oberon's right hand hobgoblin, Puck's fond of playing pranks on people. Amongst his talents are magic, invisibility and girdling the earth in forty minutes.
Down-to-earth weaver Nick Bottom has a pretty high opinion of himself, despite his crude manners. Puck made an ass of him, but gave him a night to remember in Titania's arms.

head, then used his magic powers to make Fairy Queen Titania fall for the silly ass.

The two were left together for true love to follow its course - at least until hubby with the hump Oberon had had enough of Titania's embarrassment.

Next Puck worked his magic mojo to make Demetrius fall in love with Helen - but the fairy feller botched the job. He realised his mistake after setting both Lysander and Demetrius drooling over Helena, and soon set things right. There'll be a double wedding in the morning!

"The course of true love never did run smooth"

Lysander Act 1, Scene 1
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
Helena, Act 1, scene 1

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