| Quote #10
'And, wel I woot, er she me mercy heete,
Arcite asks Mars, the god of war, to help him win the battle between himself and Palamon. He appeals to Mars by trying to show how they're connected: his lovesickness burns him just as the sacrificial fire now burns Mars. Before it can end, Arcite must "wynne [Emily] in the place." But if he does, he promises to link himself and Mars further by making sure that his victory feeds Mars's glory.
| Quote #11
And right anon swich strif ther is bigonne
This passage shows how the competition between Palamon and Arcite begins to echo even in heaven. Venus, to whom Palamon has prayed for Emily's love, is at odds with Mars, to whom Arcite has prayed for victory. The strife in the heavens creates problems for Jupiter who, like Theseus on earth, is responsible for keeping order in his kingdom.
| Quote #12
The stronge kyng Emetreus gan hente
This passage emphasizes Palamon's bravery and skill by telling how it takes twenty men to capture him and how, even after his capture, he is "unyolden," or unyielding. Nevertheless, Palamon's capture means that he has lost the joust, and Emily.