Lord, what fools these mortals be!
 William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1601). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source A Midsummer Night's Dream
Topic man folly
Date 1601
Language English
Reference A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act III, Scene 2
Note Written between 1590 and 1597 Puck line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1514/1514-h/1514-h.htm


“When thou wak'st, if she be by, Beg of her for remedy.
Enter Puck. PUCK. Captain of our fairy band, Helena is here at hand, And the youth mistook by me, Pleading for a lover's fee. Shall we their fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be!
OBERON. Stand aside. The noise they make
Will cause Demetrius to awake.
PUCK. Then will two at once woo one. That must needs be sport alone;” source

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master The sprite Puck has been asked to use a magic potion to make Demetrius fall in love with Helena. But Puck has it wrong and gives the potion to Lysander. This mistake creates a misunderstanding between the young couples, leading Puck to laugh at the love affairs of humans and mock their great stupidity.
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