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H elena and even for that do i love you the more i am

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H ELENA . And even for that do I love you the more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you. 205 Use me but as your spaniel; spurn me, strike me, Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, Unworthy as I am, to follow you. What worser place can I beg in your love ACT II , SCENE i 23 63. wode. Insane 64. adamant. Hard stone that was believed to be unbreakable; magnet 65. speak you fair. Speak to you kindly and politely What does Oberon plan to do to acquire the changeling boy from Titania? How does Demetrius feel about Helena following him? How does he feel about Lysander? about Hermia? What does Helena say she will continue to do regardless of Demetrius’s cruel actions? How would you describe her speech?
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24 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM W Words For Everyday Use val • or ( val´ər ) n., courage or bravery (And yet a place of high respect with me) 210 Than to be used as you use your dog? D EMETRIUS . Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit, For I am sick when I do look on thee. H ELENA . And I am sick when I look not on you. D EMETRIUS . You do impeach 66 your modesty too much, 215 To leave the city and commit yourself Into the hands of one that loves you not; To trust the opportunity of night, And the ill counsel of a desert 67 place, With the rich worth of your virginity. 220 H ELENA . Your virtue is my privilege. 68 For that It is not night when I do see your face, Therefore I think I am not in the night, Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company, For you in my respect 69 are all the world. 225 Then how can it be said I am alone, When all the world is here to look on me? D EMETRIUS . I’ll run from thee, and hide me in the brakes, 70 And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts. H ELENA . The wildest hath not such a heart as you. 230 Run when you will; the story shall be chang’d: Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase; 71 The dove pursues the griffin; 72 the mild hind 73 Makes speed to catch the tiger—bootless speed, When cowardice pursues and valor flies. 235 D EMETRIUS . I will not stay 74 thy questions. Let me go; Or if thou follow me, do not believe But I shall do thee mischief in the wood. 66. impeach. Call into question 67. desert. Deserted 68. Your . . . privilege. Your noble nature is my license for doing so. 69. respect. Opinion; estimation 70. brakes. Thickets; briers 71. the story . . . chase. In the original story Apollo, maddened by love, chases the unwilling nymph Daphne, whose prayers are answered when she is changed into a laurel tree to escape Apollo’s advances; Helena is pointing out that this sit- uation is reversed and that she is the pursuer. 72. griffin. Legendary monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion 73. hind. Female deer 74. stay. Stay to listen to ® According to Demetrius, why is Helena’s decision to follow him unwise?
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