Адаптированная книга на английском языке «A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare». Аудиокнига на английском.
The Duke of Athens was called Theseus. He was very happy because he had fallen in love with Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons. They were going to be married in four days’ time, and Theseus was impatient for the wedding day to arrive.
‘If only these four days were over!’ he said to Hippolyta. ‘Then our happiness would begin.’
‘They will soon pass,’ she told him tenderly. ‘Four days are nothing. Be patient, Theseus.’
Theseus wanted the whole of Athens to celebrate his wedding, and he gave very clear instructions to Philostrate, his master of revels. ^
‘Make sure that everyone enjoys himself,’ Theseus ordered. ‘Organise some wonderful entertainment for the people of the city. My wedding must be a happy and memorable event for Athens. I want the whole of Athens to take part in this great day, and to share my happiness with me.’
As Theseus was giving these orders, four people approached the Duke. One of them was an old man. Egeus. Me greeted Theseus politely: i wish you long happiness, sir!’
Theseus smiled at Egeus. ‘Thank you. Egeus. How are things with you, my friend?’
Egeus looked serious for a moment, and then he answered the Duke.
‘To tell you the truth, things are not going well for me. Theseus,’ he began. ‘In fact I have come to you to help me resolve a problem. It concerns these young people with me.’
He pointed to the three young people who were standing beside him. There were two young men and a girl. The girl looked angry and defiant, and the young men were glaring at each other angrily.
‘The problem is this,’ Egeus told Theseus. ‘Demetrius was going to marry my daughter here. Hermia. Everything was arranged between our two families. I approved of the marriage, and so did Demetrius’s father.’
Demetrius nodded his head in agreement with Egeus.
‘That’s quite right, sir. Everything was arranged.’
‘But then Lysander interfered with everything,’ Egeus complained.
He turned to the other young man who was standing beside him.
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