LOVE AND CONTEMPT
 

"Neither doth this weakness (of folly in love) appear to others only, and not to the party loved, but to the loved most of all, except the love be reciprocal, for it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciprocal, or with an inward and secret contempt ; by how much the more men ought to beware of this passion which loseth not only other things, but itself." Bacon's Essay of Love

 

Dem. : "I love thee not, therefore pursue me not.....
Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
Or rather, do I not in plainest truth
Tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you?"

Hel. : "even for that do I love you the more.
I am your spaniel; and Demetrius,
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you:
Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
Unworthy as I am, to follow you...."

Dem.: " Tempt not too much the temper of my spirit,
For I am sick when I do look at you.

Midsummer's Night Dream