Hippolyta and Theseus think the lovers are telling them a fantasy rather than what really happened to them in the haunted wood. The lovers join them and Theseus asks Philostrate what entertainment is available to them during the three hours between their wedding feast and bedtime. Theseus rejects one suggestion after another, deciding upon the craftsmen’s play. Philostrate tries to dissuade him from this choice by telling him it is inane, but Philostrate does have to admit he laughed until he cried when he saw how terrible it was.
The craftsmen present their...
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