| Quote #7
Ther maistow seen comyng with Palamoun,
This passage talks about the strength of the companies that ride with Palamon and Arcite. Both knights have allied themselves with a powerful, famous lord. The passages emphasize the fearsome appearance of the lords, which reflects upon the fearsomeness of the company of 100 he brings with him.
| Quote #8
With Arcita, in stories as men fynde,
Arcite has enlisted the help of Emetreus, king of India, for the joust. Like Lycurgus he is fearsome looking and battle-ready, "ridynge lyk the god of armes, Mars." In contrast to the portrayal of Lycurgus, however, this portrait emphasizes not only the strength, but also the riches, of the mighty king.
| Quote #9
'And wel I woot, er she me mercy heete,
In his prayer to Mars, Arcite clarifies his view of the relationship between individual strength and skill and success in battle. He will bring his strength to the battle, he says, but in order to win it, he needs a little bit of luck, which he hopes Mars will supply.