A SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY Hermia and Lysander were lovers, but Hermia’s father wanted her to marry Demetrius instead. Now, in Athens, where they resided, there existed a horrible law that allowed for the execution of any daughter who refused to marry according to her father’s desires. Hermia’s father was so enraged by her refusal to do as he asked that he took her before the Duke of Athens to request that she be executed if she continued to disobey him. The Duke offered her four days to reconsider, and if she still refused to marry Demetrius at the end of that … Continue reading A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM