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The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale

The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale

  

by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale Part 2, Lines 593-669 Summary

  • Meanwhile, Palamon has been rotting in prison for seven whole years. (We're thinking that Arcite was definitely the luckier one.) It sounds like he's going crazy.
  • However, on the night of May 3rd, he manages to escape the prison with the help of a friend.
  • How did he get out? Well, he gave his guard some spiced wine laced with opium, which made the guard pass out. Then Palamon ran for it.
  • The sun is rising so he hides in a grove of trees.
  • He's already hatched a plan. He's going to escape to Thebes at nightfall. There, he'll build and army and wage war against Theseus. Either he'll win Emily as his wife or he'll die trying.
  • Right now, though, he'll rest in the grove.
  • Meanwhile, Arcite has decided to go for a ride this fine May morning. By chance, he heads to the same grove of trees where Palamon is hiding.
  • Arcite hops off his horse. He starts making a garland and singing. No, we're totally serious.
  • Palamon, still in hiding, notices Arcite but doesn't recognize him.

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