The rustic actors wonder where Bottom is, and worry that their play will have to be canceled. The players comment on how great an actor Bottom was; Flute declares that he had "the best wit of any handicraft-man in Athens," while Quince adds that he had the "best person [looks] too." The company speak dejectedly of how they might have made their fortunes by putting on the play, which is now impossible because of Bottom's absence. At this very moment, Bottom arrives, to everyone's joy - "O most courageous day!" shouts Quince. Bottom does not (and perhaps cannot) explain where he has been, but with renewed vigor bids the actors gather their costumes and "meet presently at the palace." The show will go on!
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