Egeus: We’re following you not only because it is our duty, but also because we want to.
They all leave except Lysander and Hermia
What’s going on, my love? Why are you so pale? Why have your rosy cheeks faded so quickly?
Oh, honey! Listen, in books they say that true love always faces obstacles. Either the lovers have different social standings
Probably because my cheeks' roses needed rain, which I could easily give them with all the tears in my eyes.
Or else they were very different ages
Oh, what an obstacle that would be! Imagine being too high on the social ladder, and falling in love with someone beneath you.
Or else their guardians and advisors said no
What hell, to have your love life determined by someone else!
How awful! Being too old to marry someone young.
Or, even if the lovers are a good match, their love might be ruined by war, death, or sickness, so that the affair only lasts an instant. Their time together might be as fleeting as a shadow or as short as a dream, lasting only as long as it takes a lightning bolt to flash across the sky. Before you can say “look,” it’s gone. That’s how intense things like love are quickly destroyed.
If true lovers are always thwarted, then it must be a rule of fate. So let’s try to be patient as we deal with our problem. It’s as normal a part of love as dreams, sighs, wishes, and tears.