Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
This play is all about romance: wanting it bad and figuring out how to get it. These lords fall in love with the ladies at first sight—this is not intellectual love we're talking about; it's raw carnal desire, Shakespeare-style.
Once they mutually resolve to break their oath of chastity, each nobleman gives his all to win that special lady: poems, gifts, sweet words. But the girls won't give in to love just yet... so we don't see any actual sex on stage. Also, this is a play by the Bard—sex on stage wasn't really a thing in the Elizabethan playhouses.