| Quote #7
'Syn that I may nat seen you, Emelye,
Arcite follows his claim that he will die if he can't see Emily with a performance of a living death. Refusing food, drink, and sleep, he seems to want to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
| Quote #8
'What is mankynde moore unto you holde
Palamon complains to God that he treats beasts better than men, because beasts have no afterlife and don't have to worry about what comes after their death. As we can see in both Arcite and Palamon's speeches about their separation from Emily, death and all it implies about the life of man are subjects of great concern to the characters in the tale. Theseus will address these concerns in his speech about death.
| Quote #9
'And over al this, to sleen me outrely,
Arcite implies here that his lovesickness, and metaphorical death, was preordained by Love. The connection between love and death is enforced not only by the language of courtly love that equates the two, but also because of the feeling of powerlessness over one's fate that both provoke in the characters.