| Quote #4
And with that word Arcite gan espye
Arcite's love for Emily strikes him in just like it struck Palamon – Emily's beauty has wounded his heart. The similarity between Palamon and Arcite's love for Emily makes deciding who should get her all the more difficult. It's not like one knight deserves her more because of his greater love for her, despite what the knights might believe. (For more on this, check out "Characters: Palamon and Arcite.")
| Quote #5
And with a sigh he seyde pitously
Arcite makes use of all the courtly love conventions in this depiction of his love for Emily. It slays, or kills him. If the lover refuses to take pity on him, the lover will die. Courtly love, then, is a very dramatic (maybe more like melodramatic) way of talking about love.
| Quote #6
And now thou woldest falsly been aboute
In a somewhat childish move, Palamon chooses the "I saw her first" school of argument. His declaration that he will love and serve Emily eternally may seem like a huge commitment to someone he hasn't even met. Then again, this kind of immediate devotion is part of the conventions of the courtly love system.