Why do many critics believe that Hellena is the Rover rather than Wilmore?

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Generally speaking, critics tend to regard Hellena as the rover of the title because she's a free-spirit who marries for love. At the time when the play was written, women—especially women of Hellena's social class—didn't have much choice in whom they married. Marriages among the upper-classes were often little more than glorified diplomatic treaties or business deals. Love seldom entered into the equation for the interested parties.

Hellena is destined for a...

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Because as wilmore wants to experience life and love before actually being turned into a nun critics think that that is the reason why she is the rover instead of Wilmore who is simply just a playboy

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