In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," what part do the fairies play in Act III- Scene 1?( quote from the text )

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In Act II, Scene I, Puck finds the actors in the woods near the sleeping Titania and her fairies. He is at first confused by their play, and then he wants to be a part of it. He decides to by turning Bottom into an ass:

“I'll follow you; I'll lead you about a round, Through bog, through bush, through brake, through brier;(100) Sometime a horse I'll be, sometime a hound, A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire; And neigh, and bark, and grunt, and roar, and burn, Like horse, hound, hog, bear, fire, at every turn.”

When Titania wakes spellbound from the potion Puck placed on her eyes during the previous act, she sees Bottom and falls deeply in love with the man/ass:

“I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again. Mine ear is much enamored of thy note;(130) So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape; And thy fair virtue's force perforce doth move me, On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.”

The fairies then tend to the couple as they lie in their "flowery bed."

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