Abridged A Midsummer Night’s Dream/#3/Envy/Act 1, Scene 1.3

Hermia greets Helena as she enters with “Hello, fair
Helena.”  Helena is Demetrius’ long-time
girlfriend.  They are engaged.  Helena and Hermia have been the best of
friends dating to childhood.  Helena
responds “Call you me ‘fair?’  That
‘fair’ again unsay.  Demetrius loves your
fair.  O, teach me how you look and with
what art you sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart!”  Hermia responds “I frown upon him, yet he
loves me still.”  Helena replies “O, that
your frowns would teach my smiles such skill!”
Hermia says “Take comfort; he no more shall see my face.  Lysander and I will fly this place.”  Lysander adds “Helen, to you our minds we will
unfold.  Tomorrow night through Athens’
gates have we devised to steal.”  Hermia
cuts in saying “In the wood where often you and I were wont to lie, there by
Lysander and I shall meet.  Pray thou for
us, and good luck grant thee thy Demetrius.”
Hermia and Lysander exit.

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