Quince enters first to narrate the prologue, the Royals waste no time discussing his skill level:
Theseus: This fellow doth not stand upon his points.
Quince stumbles through and Snout enters as Wall. His body quite literally represents a stone wall. Later in this little show, Wall will stick out his hand and make a circle with his thumb and forefinger. This is the chink through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe, speak.
Pyramus is the main character and young lover. Bottom plays Pyramus with flamboyance and gusto. Bottom responds to the Royals' ridicule with explanations:
... "Deceiving me" is Thisbe's cue: She is to enter now, and I am to spy her through the wall...
After the laughable exchange between Pyramus and Thisbe, he tells her to meet him at 'Ninny's tomb'; he is supposed to say 'Ninus' tomb.'
The next scene is at Ninus' tomb and Lion and Moonshine enter. Starveling, who plays Moonshine, is a sensitive soul, and his feelings are deeply hurt when the Royals comment on his performance. Starveling drops character, calls out, "All I have to say is..." and storms off.
Later, the Royals will call out things such as "Well shone, Moon!" so we can infer that they meant no harm and are trying to make it up to him.
Thisbe enters, Lion roars, Thisbe screams and drops her shawl (or 'mantle.') She runs off and Lion chews on her shawl before exiting. Enter Pyramus and he, of course, thinks that Lion has killed Thisbe. Pyramus kills himself, which is an hysterical scene as he keeps dying and getting back up to continue in his death throes. Nick Bottom is a ham.
Thisbe enters and finds him. She delivers her entertaining monologue and stabs herself. It is not long before Bottom and Flute are up again, and Flute offers to perform more. Theseus declines:
No epilogue, I pray you; for your play needs no excuse.
All is done with joviality and the Royals give hearty applause. This scene ends on an upbeat and positive note.