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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Helena: "Lo, she is one of this confederacy!"
(Act 3 Scene 2)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is a world of magic and confusion. Helena has a huge crush on Demetrius, who loves Hermia, Helena's popular and pretty friend, who is engaged to Lysander. Oberon, King of the Fairies, takes pity on Helena and tells his servant Puck to make Demetrius fall in love with her. Puck gets confused and both boys fall in love with her. Helena reacts badly.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 3 Scene 2
(Helena)

Lo, she is one of this confederacy!
Now I perceive they have conjoined all three
To fashion this false sport in spite of me.
Injurious Hermia, Most ungrateful maid,
Have you conspired, have you with these contrived
To bait me with this foul derision?
Is all the counsel that we two have shared,
The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spentv When we have chid the hasty-footed time
For parting us - O, is it all forgot?
All schooldays' friendship, childhood innocence?
We, Hermia, like two artificial gods
Have with our needles created both one flower,
Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
Both warbling of one song, both in one key,
As if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds,
Had been incorporate. So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries molded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies but one heart,
Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
Due but to one and crownèd with one crest.
And will you rent our ancient love asunder
To join with men in scorning your poor friend?
It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly.
Our sex, as well as I, may chide you for it,
Though I alone do feel the injury.

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