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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Lovers' Chaos

AMSND-FEOEKE

Comedies usually proceed on a circular journey from order to chaos to order again.

Which of the following lines show the disorder in the four young lovers' world?

A

“Thou hast mistaken quite / And laid the love-juice on some true-love's sight. / Of thy misprision must perforce ensue / Some true love turn'd, and not a false turn'd true.” (3.2.88)

B

“I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight; / Then to the wood will he tomorrow night / Pursue her; and for this intelligence / If I have thanks, it is a dear expense.” (1.1.246)

C

“I beg the ancient privilege of Athens: / As she is mine, I may dispose of her; / Which shall be either to this gentleman, / Or to her death, according to our law.” (1.1.41)

D

“Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove; / A sweet Athenian lady is in love / With a disdainful youth; anoint his eyes, / But do it when the next thing he espies / May be the lady.” (2.1.259)

E

“I have a widow aunt, a dowager, / Of great revenue, …/ And she respects me as her only son. / There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee;” (1.1.157)