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Quote #13

And whan that Theseus hadde seyn this sighte
Unto the folk that foghten thus echon
He cryde, 'Hoo! namoore, for it is doon.
I wol be trewe juge, and no partie;
Arcite of Thebes shal have Emelie,
That by his fortune hath hir faire ywonne!'
(1796-1799)

Theseus emphasizes here that he is an impartial judge, "no partie," and is careful to declare the winner of the competition publically to everyone. These concerns, for a public and impartially-refereed competition, were the ones that prompted him to decree the joust in the first place.

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