There was a law in the city of Athens which gave to its citizens the power of forcing their daughters to marry whomever they pleased. For if a daughter refused to marry the man her father had chosen to be her husband, the father might by thus law cause her to be put to death. Egeus: Hermia, you have to marry Demetrious, the best guy in the city. Hermia: I’m sorry, Dad! I can’t be his wife. Egeus: Why do you refused to marry Demetrius? He is really a worthy gentleman! Hermia: But I don’t love him. I' ve fell in love with Lysander. Egeus: Lysander? Is he better than Demetrious? No! Hermia: Oh! Dad! Demettrious had ever said that he love my friend, Helena, and she, a sweet lady also love him deeply. Egeus: No matter what you say, I’ve decided to let you marry to Demetrious. I stick to do this!