| Quote #7
'But for as muche thou art a worthy knyght,
Here Arcite proposes that he and Palamon duel to determine who "wins" Emily. As a good, chivalrous knight, it's important to Arcite that the competition be absolutely fair. For this reason, he offers to bring Palamon not only weapons, but also provisions and bedding so that he can strengthen himself with as good a meal and night's sleep as Arcite can have. As Theseus later points out, the irony of this is that the "prize," Emily, knows nothing about their plan.
| Quote #8
Everich of you shal brynge an hundred knyghtes
Theseus proposes, as Arcite did, that he and Palamon settle their dispute by fighting. Unlike Arcite's propsed duel, however, this fight will take place in public, in the sight of everyone and, most importantly, in the sight of Theseus, who will be its judge.
| Quote #9
Upon my trouthe, and as I am a knyght,
Another important difference betweeen the duel Arcite proposed and the joust Theseus now orders is that the outcome of the battle will depend upon more than Palamon and Arcite's skill at swordplay. In theory, it will also depend upon their ability to marshal a strong, skillfull company of men and to lead it. You can see how, from Theseus's perspective, this joust is a better way for him to choose a potential ally than an individual fight between Palamon and Arcite. It tests not only their skills as leaders, but also the quality of military power they can marshal in a limited timeframe.