How does Lysander's comment about Demetrius's previous love affair with Helena complicate things? Why do they tell Helena about their plan?

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Demetrius's previous love affair with Helena complicates his desire to wed Hermia first by casting doubt on his sincerity. (It is important to note that when Lysander says that Demetrius "made love ... to Helena" those words don't carry our contemporary meaning of a sexual relationship. They mean he wooed her, verbally declaring his love for her.) Demetrius's prior love interest can only raise audience sympathy for the plight of Hermia and Lysander: not only is Hermia not in love with Demetrius, he comes across as wanting to wed her on a whim. More importantly, Demetrius has wooed Helena successfully: she is in love with Demetrius and determined to have him. This complicates the plot by adding a person to the mix beyond Hermia and Lysander with a desire to stop Demetrius from marrying...

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