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The setting of the play is 4 days before the new moon in the middle of summer. Theseus informs the reader of this in his opening lines: "Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour/ Draws on apace; four happy days bring in/Another moon:"
The conflicts are all resolved by the day of the wedding, and the magical circumstances make the incredulous lovers believe that all their issues were the stuff of dreams. Even Puck's final soliloquy implies that the audience has been dreaming and none of the events were real.
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