Nick Bottom is a central character providing comic relief in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. An essentially stupid character, he believes he can do more than he actually can and, courtesy of the mischievious sprite, Puck, gets his head changed into that of an ass.
Bottom recruits an actor to play a crucial wall in a dreadful production of Pyramus and Thisbe. Another actor has to explain to the audience exactly what he is.
Some man or other must present wall: and let him have
some plaster, or some loam, or some rough-cast about him, to
signify wall; and let him hold his fingers thus, and through that
cranny shall Pyramus and Thisby whisper.
Act III, Scene 1
This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present
Wall, that vile Wall which did these lovers sunder;
And through Wall's chink, poor souls, they are content
To whisper, at the which let no man wonder.
Act V, Scene 1
The story of the prophetess Deborah is told in the Old Testament's Book of Judges. The reference to Deborah, who ruled over the Jews for forty years, was meant as an obvious foretelling of Elizabeth's long reign, as indeed it proved to be, exceeding Deborah's forty years.