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Florence March, Endnote 2

A well-known instance of captatio benevolentiae can be found in Puck’s epilogue to A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend. (5.1.440-455)

Puck concludes: “Give me your hands,” which means both that he wants to shake hands with the spectators and be their friend, and that he is asking for applause.

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