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"pyramid" in Two Noble Kinsmen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1778  Wednesday, 20 October 1999.

From:           Ching-Hsi Perng <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Oct 1999 13:00:24 +0800
Subject:        "pyramid" in Two Noble Kinsmen

In The Two Noble Kinsmen, Palamon and Arcite are to duel for the hand of
Emilia, and here is the direction given by Theseus, Duke of Athens:

. . . I'll plant a pyramid; and whether,
Before us that are here, can force his cousin,
By fair and knightly strength, to touch the pillar,
He shall enjoy her; the other lose his head.  (3.6.292-95, Norton ed.)

What is the pyramid, and what and where is the pillar?  Thanks in
advance for the enlightenment.

Ching-Hsi Perng
National Taiwan University
Taipei, Taiwan

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