A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 2 (Part 2)
I feel like Mother Nature has allowed me to see into your heart, as if by magic. Where is Demetrius?
Helena: Don’t say that, Lysander. Don’t say that. Why do you care that he loves Hermia? What does it matter? Hermia still loves you, so be happy with what you have…
Helena: Why does everyone always make fun of me? What have I done to deserve this kind of treatment from you?
Is it not enough, is it not enough, young man, that I’ll never be pretty enough to get a kind look from Demetrius? Do you have to harp on my inadequacy?
My God, it’s wrong for you to woo me in such a cruel, disdainful way. I thought you were a much kinder person than this….
She flees, upset by the apparent trick.
She doesn’t see Hermia—Hermia, keep sleeping, and don’t come near me ever again! Eating too many sweets makes people sick to their stomachs, and people always hate the mistakes they made in the past worse than anyone else hates those mistakes.
so I hate you more than anyone else does.
He follows the direction of the fleeing Helena, now intent and in love on the wrong woman. Meanwhile, Hermia is plaqued by nightmares….
Get this snake off of my chest!
Lysander, look how I’m shaking from fear. Lysander!
What, is he gone?—Lysander?!—What, is he out of earshot? Gone? No answer, nothing?
Nothing? Then I guess you’re nowhere nearby.