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Theatre / The Two Noble Kinsmen

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The Two Noble Kinsmen is a comedy widely held to be written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. It is adapted from a tale by Chaucer, and concerns the misadventures of two cousins, Palamon and Arcite, who are captured as prisoners of war. In jail, the two see the fair Emilia out of their cell window, and both fall madly in love with her, which leads to a bitter rivalry between the once inseparable cousins. Theseus, the lord who captured them, lets Arcite go while Palamon remains prisoner. But the jailer's daughter has fallen in love with Palamon and lets him go, hoping that that will convince him to love her back. Hilarity Ensues.


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