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Pericles, Prince of Tyre Act 2, Scene 3

By William Shakespeare

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Act 2, Scene 3

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  • Fast forward to the post-joust banquet celebration.
  • Princess Thaisa gives Pericles a victory wreath and congratulates him on kicking butt and taking names at thetourney.
  • All the knights sit around the table kissing up to King Simonides, while Thaisa stares at Pericles and tellsus in a bunch of asides that she thinks he's super yummy looking.
  • Then King Simonides orders Thaisa to go flirt with Pericles. Yep, it's a command.
  • Pericles and Thaisa start chatting. Pericles says he's a "gentleman" from Tyre who's just out looking foradventure.
  • Oops. Guess he forgot to mention that he's got his own kingdom, and some dude is trying to murder him.
  • Then King Simonides orders all of his guests to dance and cracks a weird joke about how much women love to havesex. Just women, apparently.
  • Simonides announces he's going to bed and that he'll talk to the knights tomorrow about who gets to marry hisdaughter.

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