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The Nonrational World: Where the Fairies (and Some Humans) Live

Be irrational? Stick your hand in a blender? Not a chance in Hell! So be rational? Logic, math, and arguments Have their place in life Be nonrational? Realm of comedy, art, love A fun way to live   Note by … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 1

— 5.1 — In the palace, Theseus and Hippolyta were talking. Philostrate, Theseus’ Master of the Revels, aka Director of Entertainments, and other people were also present. Hippolyta said, “Theseus, these four lovers have talked of strange things.” “I think … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — Quince, Flute, Snout, and Starveling were meeting in Peter Quince’s house in Athens. Quince asked Starveling, “Have you sent anyone to Bottom’s house to ask about him? Has he come home yet?” “No one has seen him,” … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — In another part of the forest, Titania entertained Bottom. Many other fairies, including Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed, were also present. Oberon watched from a position where he was unseen. Titania said to Bottom, who was enjoying … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 2

— 3.2 — In another part of the forest, Oberon said to himself, “I wonder whether Titania has awakened, and I wonder what living thing it was that first she saw — that is the thing that she must love … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 1

— 3.1 — Titania, Queen of the Fairies, lay asleep near the place in the forest where the craftsmen of Athens — Bottom, Quince, Snug, Flute, Snout, and Starveling — had come to practice their play. Bottom asked, “Are we … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 2

— 2.2 — In another part of the forest, Titania and her fairy attendants were settling in for the night. Titania ordered, “Come and dance in a fairy ring and sing a fairy song. Then leave and attend to your duties. … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — In the forest near Athens, a fairy met Puck. “How now, spirit! Whither wander you?” Puck inquired. The fairy replied, “Over hill, over dale, through bush, through brier, over park, in light so pale, through flood, through … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 2

— 1.2 — A number of craftsmen of Athens were meeting in the house of Peter Quince the carpenter: Nick Bottom the weaver, Francis Flute the bellows-mender, Tom Snout the tinker, Robin Starveling the tailor, and Snug the joiner, aka … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 1

PREFACE Shakespeare’s comic target in this play is love and the crazy things it makes us do. For example, when you are confronted with two individuals who are alike in almost every way, love can make you hate one individual … Continue reading

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