Hermia is Egeus’s daughter. In love with Lysander, she refuses to marry Demetrius despite the threat of death for her refusal.
She speaks up to praise Lysander to the Duke, and swears to live a nun rather than marry Demetrius. She agrees to run away with her lover to his aunt’s, beyond the reach of Athenian law. Lost in the forest on the way, she is demure and insists that Lysander not sleep next to her, which ends up causing no end of trouble. Waking to find him gone, she is frightened that Demetrius may have killed him, and rants at him in fine fashion. She has always had a fierce temper. She is darkish of skin, short, and has bright eyes. She and Helena were inseparable friends as children, and it is only the misfortune of Demetrius’s misplaced love that has separated them; this leads her to believe that Helena is part of a prank being pulled on her by all three of the others when Puck makes a mess of things.