| Quote #10
'Se how they blede! Be they noght wel arrayed?
Theseus gently mocks the lovers at the same time as he portrays the god of love as a cruel taskmaster. They've paid this god with their own blood. Theseus asks: Is the man who faithfully serves such a lord truly wise?
| Quote #11
But all moot ben assayed, hoot and cold;
Now the service of love is the action that unites all humanity, however foolish it may be. Having suffered lovesickness himself, Theseus decides to grant the two knights mercy. In this, he proves himself to be in agreement with Arcite, who declared love to be a higher law than all others.
| Quote #12
First in the temple of Venus maystow se
This passage raises an interesting question: how can all the symptoms of love sickness – the sighs, the tears, the lamenting – be portrayed on a wall? The passage later suggests that this portrayal is accomplished through depictions of the stories of various lovers, both ill-fated and successful.