27 February 2010

Titiana and Puck

If you are familiar with Midsummer Night's dream you are familiar with Titiana, the mythical queen of the fairy world, and wife to Oberon.

The Queen of the Fairies would of course be in possession of all the most beautiful fairy adornments. I imagine too, that she would be richly decorated in the regal hues of deep purples and blues. Can't you picture her then with these stunning magenta wings? These wings have been crafted by UpFromTheAshes.

Imagine her graceful fae neck wrapped in this stunning felted foliage to protect against cool woodland evenings. This scarf has been created by TheFaerieMarket.

In the play, we meet Titiana as she waits in the forest for the arrival of Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding. To adorn herself for this aristocratic event, surely Titiana would have donned her best finery. Drawing on the bounty of her forest, she may have donned this blackberry wedding mask constructed by TheArtOfTheMask.

It is as she waits for the wedding, and during a quarrel with Oberon, that things take an odd turn for Titiana. Oberon's henchman, Puck has cast a misguided enchantment over Titiana which causes her to fall in love with the unwitting Nick Bottom, a common weaver. Coincidentally, Puck is also responsible for the head of a donkey of which Nick has become endowed.

This dapper donkey is illustrated by berkleyillustration.

In the end, things work out for Titiana.

Puck, well somewhat remoreseful for his antics tells us:

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

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