Helena is a young lady of Athens. She was wooed by Demetrius and remains obsessively, even masochistically in love with him.
Fair-skinned and tall, she feels very put-upon and mopes a great deal, but not without good reason. When Hermia and Lysander tell her of their plan to run away, she decides to betray them to Demetrius simply because this will give her a chance to see him again. Despite her deep childhood friendship with Hermia, she is willing to believe the worst of her when she thinks herself mocked. She runs away from the others to return to Athens, but needs to rest on the way. Come morning, Demetrius is in love with her again, and all is well.