The Domiciles Project



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Lesson Plan # 3 Acting Shakespeare
Cape Henlopen High School Lewes, DE
Character & Play: Helena from All's Well That Ends Well
I always knew that I wasn't good enough. Not for him, anyway. Why would he want anything to do with me? He's a count and I'm... well, I'm no one. My father was... something of a someone, I suppose. He wasn't a nobleman, but his knowledge and his cures were renowned. He was a wonderful physician and I'm... not. That's not to say that I don't know what he knew; I do! I know that I'm intelligent. I know almost as much about medicine as my father did. However... that's not enough to get him.
That's not true. It was enough to get him, but actually winning him over is another matter entirely. I tried so hard to be perfect... No. Not even that. I tried so hard to be good enough for him. And what finally made him mine? Curing the king. I should be thankful. I would be. Had he not run away.
My mother-in-law (should I call her that? After all, her son did leave just after the wedding) was too kind. She views me as her daughter, I know. I do love the lady, but... I only wish for him to love me.
That seems impossible now. His requirements seem impossible, which I'm quite certain was intentional. How am I to get the ring from his finger and his child in my womb when he has fled? It seems that no matter how hard I've tried, no matter what I've done, nor the risks I've taken, I will never be good enough for him.

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