Puck?

Okay so the past few days my son has been saying a word that vaguely sounds like “puck.”  I had no idea what he was trying to reference, so I began to ask him, when he said, “puck,” what he was talking about:

“Is this puck?” I would say, pointing to various objects.  He did not seem to respond in a way that meant yes, so I moved on.  So I re-worded my question to “Who is Puck?” and pointed to various stuffed animals and even pictures of his Daddy.  So finally we landed on a picture of Grandpa Ray, and I said, “Who is this?” and Cyrus responded loudly with a smile, “PUCK!”

Maury, Cyrus and Puck

From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream

The audience is introduced to Puck in Act II Scene I when one of Titania’s fairies encounters Puck and says:

Either I mistake your shape and making quite,
Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite
Call’d Robin Goodfellow: are not you he
That frights the maidens of the villagery;
Skim milk, and sometimes labour in the quern
And bootless make the breathless housewife churn;
And sometime make the drink to bear no barm;
Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm?
Those that Hobgoblin call you and sweet Puck,
You do their work, and they shall have good luck:
Are not you he? (Act ii., Scene i.)

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August 17, 2010. Uncategorized.

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