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A Midsummer-Nights Dream In William Shakespeares play A Midsummer-Nights Dream the story takes place in mythical Athens Thereus the reigning Duke has taken over the Amazons and has fallen in love with their beautiful Queen Hippolyta As the play opens he proclaims that their wedding is to take place in five days which is the Midsummers Eve a time of great rejoicing and mischief among the fairies who live in the wood At this point Egeus a rich Athenian brings his daughter Hermia to the Duke Having fallen in love with Lysander a young man whom her father disapproves of Hermia refuses to marry Demetruis who is her fathers choice Demetruis had been in love with Hermias friend Helena but had left her for Hermia Angered by Hermias disobedience to his will Egus demands judgment on his daughter Regretfully the Duke tells Hermia that according to Athenian law she must marry Demetruis or she will be killed The only other alternative would be a life of chastity as a virgin priestess She has just a short time until the Dukes wedding to decide In another part of Athens a group of regular guys led by Peter Quince a carpenter are preparing a play for the wedding feast of Theseus and Hippolyta The star of the group Nick Bottom a weaver shows off his abilities to play all parts but he is finally cast as the hero in a most heartbreaking comedy about the most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 390 All the parts are given and the rehearsal is set to take place the next night in the wood outside of Athens - the same wood where Hermia and Lysander later will meet The fairies that live in the woods are preparing for Midsummers eve a time when they will be able to do as they please Meanwhile their king Oberon and Titania their queen have quarreled
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