Dear Agony Aunt

Dear Agony Aunt, I recently made a mistake at work and now my boss is unhappy with me. I gave some love potion to this Athenian man like he asked, but it turned out to be the wrong man! What can I do to correct my mistake and get back in my boss’ good books? Puck x


  1. Hello my name is Joshua O from St thomas the apostle college. I came to the globe theatre to watch a midsummer nights dream and i really enjoyed the play. I liked the bit when you put the juice in demetrius's eye. I hope i hear back from you.
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  2. Just say it wasn't you and that it was his imagination. (by Anon.)

  3. Don't worry, Puck. Just tell your boss that you didn't mean to cause any harm, and that it was an accident. If he really thought you were good at your 'job' then you would still be in his good books. I think love potion can be very dangerous, but as long as this Athenian man knows how to use it exactly, you should be fine.
    Anonymous x

  4. Dont worry! Everything will be fine if you tell the truth.
    (By Elizabeth)

  5. Tell your boss that the mistake was intended, be confident in yourself and say that it was an experiment if the potion could change two lovers heart. Act arrogant so your boss can be reasured that you know what your doing. (by Sky)

  6. Own up and come clean, we will help you Puck but you will need to wait till March 2nd when we visit the Globe. We have to leave our Army base at 4.10 am to catch the flight to come to you! Can't wait Service Childen's Education overseas Shakespeare Challenge Arts Awards Yr 9 Group. If we help you will you cast some magic to help us pass our Arts Awards qualification through Shakespeare?

  7. why cant you just apologise and see what he says? And if that doesn't work then maybe think of a plan to do.
    by Halima xx

  8. Better tell the truth, at least you are more likely to keep the job that way. Or you can always call up the potion supplier and blame them for unclear instructions on the bottle! (by Anon.)

  9. why not just enchant him???? After all, anyone can make a mistake it's his fault for taking it so badly (by Anon.)

  10. Blame it on your master's (ex) wife. They aren't talking so I see no harm in it. They hate each other anyway so blah!
    Oooh! And don't forget to tell him to be more specific next time he gives you instructions. Before that put on your running shoes because once that comment is made you might need a speedy getaway. (By Sophie)
    P.S. Don't blame me or Anon if you are swiftly unemployed after this.

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I, Robin Goodfellow, am the servant of the fairy king Oberon. Oberon asks me to transform Bottom into an ass in order to get the changeling boy. My master also asks me to rub a love potion over the eyes of an Athenian man but I mistakenly get the wrong man. So rather than balancing out the love as Oberon intended, I make both Athenian men fall in love with the same Athenian woman. Oberon fixes my mistake though and I also transform Bottom back to his normal self.







Also Called:

  • ‘shrewd and knavish sprite’ (Fairy. 2.1.33)
  • Robin Goodfellow (Fairy. 2.1.34)
  • ‘Hobgoblin’ and ‘sweet Puck’ (Fairy. 2.1.40)
  • ‘merry wanderer of the night’ (Puck. 2.1.43)
  • ‘mad spirit’ (Oberon. 3.2.4)

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. (2.1.32-42) Either I mistake your shape and making quite, / Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite / Called Robin Goodfellow. Are not you he / That frights the maidens of the villager, / 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?

  2. (3.2.4-5) How now, mad spirit? / What night-rule now about this haunted grove?

  3. (3.2.345-46) This is thy negligence: still thou mistak’st, / Or else committ’st thy knaveries wilfully.


  1. Clip 1

    Fergal McElherron discusses his initial impressions of Puck. > Play
  2. Clip 2

    In conversation with the Fairies: Fergal (Puck) and Emma (Titania). > Play