Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to Heaven."
At the opening of this play, the main figures are pondering the
deaths of two people who were important in their lives. Bertram has
lost his father; Helena has lost hers. Helena is in love with
Bertram and bemoans the various disruptions to their lives. The
death of Bertram's father has called him away to Paris to serve the
ailing king of France. Helena is a not of the correct social
pedigree for Bertram, the son of a Count, and at the end of this
scene, she exchanges sexually explicit words with Parolles, a
friend and follower of Bertram. With her second soliloquy, quoted
in part here, she says she will take matters into her own hands
now, and pursue her love of Bertram, against all odds. This
rejection of fate echoes the famous lines in Julius Caesar-"The
fault….is not in our stars,…..But in ourselves…".