Last Updated on May 7, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 133
Context: Bertram, young Count of Rousillon, departs from his home for service at the Court of France. Behind him remain his mother and her ward, the lovely and accomplished Helena, daughter of a physician. While living in the countess' home, Helena has fallen in love with Bertram but believes their difference in rank makes her love hopeless. Parolles, a servant and follower of Bertram, tells her, before he follows his master, to pray to Heaven and marry a good husband and use him well. But Helena is not planning to follow his advice.
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven.
. . .
Impossible be strange attempts to those
That weigh their pains in sense, and do suppose
What hath been, cannot be.
. . .
But my intents are fixed, and will not leave me.
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