"Lord, what fools these mortals be."
Public DomainPuck - Credit: Arthur Rackham

Dream quotes the fairy Puck, from Act III of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. While Puck was referring to the folly of the play's young lovers, Dream is using the quote at face value and simply calling Alex Burgess a fool.

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