How did Helena remind Hermia about their friendship in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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In Act III, Scene 2 of A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander has fallen in love with Helena because of the potion that Puck put on Lysander's eyes while he slept. Helena doesn't believe that Lysander is really in love with her -- she thinks he's making fun of her. Since she knows Hermia and Lysander were in love, she believes Hermia is in on the cruel joke.

Therefore, at that point, she gets very angry at Hermia and criticizes her for being so mean given how good of friends they'd been.  She reminds Hermia of all the times they've had together and how they've been like sisters to each other.

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 spent,
When we have chid the hasty-footed time
For parting us,--O, is it all forgot?
All school-days' 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 grow together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
Due but to one and crowned with one crest

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