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After a night of wandering through the woods chasing fairies having various potions rubbed over their eyes falling in and out of love and threatening each others lives and limbs the four lovers of A Midsummer Nights Dream wake up in the forest to the trumpeting of horns and find themselves surrounded by nobility Its no wonder they are confused and cannot truly say IV17 how they ended up where they are and what happened the night before But what they are sure about is how they feel towards one another Whether its a love that has faded grown anew or been there all along the four lovers possess a certainty about who m they love that is as strong if not stronger than it is at any other point in the play Lysander is the first of the four paramours to react to Theseus wonderment at their situation He admits that I shall reply amazedly Half sleep half waking But as yet I swear I cannot truly say how I came here IV1145-7 In this excerpt Lysanders tone is understandably a bit dazed and unsure and his response is littered with uncertainty This tone of astonishment is also present in the thoughts of Demetrius Helena and Hermia Methinks I see these things with parted eye When everything seems double IV1188-9 exclaims Hermia and Helena agrees that So methinksIV1190 Demetrius is so bewildered that he finds it necessary to ask the others Are you sure that we are awake It seems to me That yet we sleep we dream IV1192-4 The underlying tone throughout this waking scene is one of uneasiness and confusion between dreams and reality but the only time the lovers express real uncertainty is while they are sorting out what just happened in front of them involving the Duke and his hunting party Demetrius asks the others Do not you thinkThe Duke was here and bid us follow him
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