The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1778 Wednesday, 20 October 1999.
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.
National Taiwan University