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Midsummer Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1232  Monday, 5 July 1999.

From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Jul 1999 09:57:42 EDT
Subject:        Midsummer Questions

Does anyone have any thoughts on exactly what the relationship is
between Theseus and Egeus (Hermia's father) in Midsummer?  There seems
to be one of some sort.  In Act I, Scene i, Theseus considers it his
responsibility to talk to Demetrius about trifling with Helena's
affections.

I must confess that I have heard so much, And with Demetrius thought to
have spoke thereof;

But, being over-full of self-affairs,
My mind did lose it.

And then Theseus wants to talk about something unspecified to the Egeus
and Demetrius:

Demetrius, and Egeus, go along;
I must employ you in some business
Against our nuptial, and confer with you
Of something nearly that concerns yourselves.

This "conference" is never mentioned again? Does anyone have any idea
what this is?  It sounds like the beginning of a play with an entirely
different plot.  Is there, perhaps, some mention of these characters and
their relationship with Theseus in some other mythological tale?
 

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