"A Lion Among Ladies"
Context: The celebration of the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, fair captive Queen of the Amazons, will take place at the rise of the new moon. Some common craftsmen plan to produce a play based on the story of Pyramus and Thisbe. During a rehearsal fears are voiced that the ladies in the audience will be frightened at the death of Pyramus by his own sword and at the appearance of a lion. The dialogue among the craftsmen proceeds thus:
SNOUTWill not the ladies be afeard of the lion?STARVELINGI fear it, I promise you.BOTTOMMasters, you ought to consider with yourselves–to bring in, Godshield us, a lion among ladies is a most dreadful thing. For there isnot a more fearful wild-fowl than your lion living; and we oughtto look to't.SNOUTTherefore another prologue must tell he is not a lion.