Puck plays all sorts of tricks on humans and animals alike.
Titania remarks that Nature is at odds with itself due to their argument.
Oberon sends Puck to find a certain flower called “love-in-idleness” (for love juice).
Demetrius enters the wood with Helena in pursuit.
Oberon instructs Puck to anoint Demetrius.
Act II, Scene i
A fairy to Puck:
Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough brier, Over park, over pale, Thorough flood, thorough fire, I do wander everywhere, Swifter than the moon's sphere (II, i)
Helena replies to Demetrius:
Your virtue is my privilege: for that It is not night when I do see your face, Therefore I think I am not in the night; Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company, For you in my respect are all the world: Then how can it be said I am alone, When all the world is here to look on me?
Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field, You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius! Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex: We cannot fight for love, as men may do; We should be wood and were not made to woo.
Act II, Scene ii
Oberon anoints Titania's eye with the love juice.
Lysander and Hermia enter and sleep separately.
Puck enters and anoints the eyes of Lysander wearing “Athenian garments.”
Demetrius arrives with Helena in fast pursuit.
Helena awakens Lysander.
Lysander immediately falls in love with Helena, but she is convinced he is mocking her.
Lysander sees Hermia but does not love her any more.
Hermia awakens from a nightmare.
Act III, Scene i
The craftsmen meet in the wood to rehearse their play.