Hippolyta is Queen of the Amazons. Having been defeated in battle by Theseus, she is now betrothed to him.
Being an Amazon, it is to be expected that she is a great huntress, and that she will enjoy the sound of the baying of Theseus’s hounds, which he intends to have her hear during the hunt. She warns him that her standards for such concerts are high. She is more convinced by the lovers’ tale than Theseus is, pointing to the evidence of their change of heart. She has no taste for the humiliation of her inferiors, but she is also blunt and unable to hide her opinion of the Mechanicals’ play. She reappears in The Two Noble Kinsmen.