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Pericles, Prince of Tyre Act 2, Scene 2

By William Shakespeare

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Act 2, Scene 2

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  • We find ourselves at Simonides's court, where everyone's getting ready for the big tournament.
  • All the knights are ready to get their joust on and make a big show of parading past Princess Thaisa.
  • They all present their shields to the princess. She seems a little bored until Pericles rolls up.
  • Pericles presents Thaisa—get this—a shield with a half-dead tree branch engraved with these words: "In hac spe vivo." (Translation: "In this hope I live.")
  • We're pretty sure that means Pericles is totally screwed if he can't snag Thaisa for a wife. King Simonides thinks it's sweet.
  • Now a bunch of lords start bagging on Pericles, whose armor is all rusty from being in the ocean. We didn't know rust could form that quickly, but whatever.

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