Why then tonight let us assay our plot
"Why then tonight let us assay our plot."
Helena's plot is growing darker by the end of the third act in this
unusual Shakespearean comedy. The central action of the play concerns the
beautiful Helena and her pursuit of Bertram, a man of high social
position in the French court who has rejected her love. The king of
France has ordered Bertram to marry Helena because, as a
physician's daughter, she was able to cure the king of what was
considered a terminal illness. As a reward, she is told that she
may marry the man of her choice. Her choice, of course, is Bertram.
He refuses, stating that until she gets a wedding ring onto his
finger and shows him a child of hers which he has fathered, she
cannot call him Husband. Helena is now about to embark on her plot
and pave the way to true happiness by employing what has come to be
known as the Bed Trick.