O Hell, to choose love by another’s eyes!

– William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1. In the conversation between the star-crossed lovers, Hermia says this to Lysander about her father Egeus trying to control her love life. They are talking about the obstacles placed in front of young lovers such as they. Duke Theseus has decreed that Hermia must agree to marry her father’s choice of husband Demetrius or choose between going into a convent or death.