A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Why does Helena doubt the veracity of Demetrius' s protestation of love?

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Demetrius has so vehemently told her he dislikes her and wants her to go away that Helena is quite surprised when he has a sudden change of heart. Since she doesn't know Puck has dropped a love potion in his eyes to make him fall in love, she assumes this is all a joke, and he is amusing himself by making fun of her. She is even more convinced of this because Lysander, also under the influence of a love potion, has fallen in love with her too. She believes that...

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