| Quote #7
Arrayed was this god, as he took keep,
Mercury tells Arcite that the end of his suffering is "shapen." By this, he means that it is already decided – shaped, or constructed. Arcite's fate waits for him in Athens.
| Quote #8
'Love hath his firy dart so brennyngly
Arcite says that his death, or succumbing to love, was "shapen," or constructed, before his "sherte," by which he means swaddling-shirt. What he's saying is that his love for Emily was fore-ordained by Love before he was even born.
| Quote #9
'And forthy, I yow putte in this degree;
Theseus precedes his plan for Arcite and Palamon's joust by saying that it's a way for both men to achieve his destiny. What's interesting about this is that Theseus plays such a big role in shaping it. But rather than just choosing one of the men to marry Emily, he decides they should fight it out: he must truly believe that a higher power is better qualified than he is to decide all their fates.