Theseus is marrying Hippolyta in four days. Egeus brings his daughter Hermia to ask for the duke's advice. Egeus agreed to let Demetrius marry Hermia; however, Hermia is in love with Lysander, who is also interested in marrying her. The law states that she must follow her father's wishes, or he can have her killed. Theseus agrees that daughters should follow their fathers' wishes. Hermia begs Theseus to be reasonable, he agrees to give her until the day of his wedding to decide whether she will marry Demetrius or choose death. Lysander tries to beg Demetrius to back down. Lysander tells Theseus and Egeus that Helena is in love with Demetrius and wants to marry him. Theseus agrees to talk privately to Egeus and Demetrius about this situation, and the three of them leave. Once they're alone, Lysander and Hermia discuss their options. Lysander tells her that he has an aunt who lives outside of Athens and would let them stay with her. Then they could get married because they would be outside of Athens. They agree to meet in the woods tomorrow night and from there they will run away and get married. Helena then bumps into Hermia and Lysander. Helena is jealous because Demetrius wants to marry Hermia instead of her. Hermia is annoyed by Helena's complaining because she has no interest in marrying Demetrius, so she decides to tell Helena about their secret plan. She confesses that she is planning to meet Lysander in the woods tomorrow night to run away with him and get married. Therefore, once she is gone, Helena will be free to marry Demetrius. They ask that Helena not tell their plan to anyone, and the couple leaves. Helena decides that she will not keep their plan a secret. She decides to tell Demetrius, and then he will be grateful to her and maybe love her once he sees for himself that Hermia has chosen Lysander.