lysander and hermia flee to the forests to marry at lysander's aunt's house.
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Oberon witnesses Helena and Demetrius walking through the forest. Helena is throwing herself at Demetrius but he only wants Helena to get lost (mostly because he is in love with Hermia) Oberon figures that Demetrius needs a good squirting of love juice (okay I know, that didn't sound very good) and the two will be in love. So, Oberon instructs the Puck to find a dude dressed in Athenian clothing and dispense the juice. Puck, of course, finds the wrong couple sleeping. He dumps the love juice in Lysander's eyes. Helena comes stumbling in and presto we have love and one hell of a mix up. Can Hermia and Lysander resurrect their love? Will the mix up be sorted out? Of course they will, it's a Shakespearean Comedy.
Don't listen to this guy! He is wrong! In the first part of the story their true love is put to the test when they have to leave everything behind an elope in the forest since the Athenian law does not affect them there.
Um, the question was "put to the test in the forest" not before they entered the forest as you highlight in your rather emphatic post.... not that you are wrong or anything.
They loved each other since the beggninng of the story it is a nature sometimes we think that we dont love that person but nature is nature any time you start to love some one as like in the beggning they havent told us how or what happened that they started to love each other..