Before the big battle, Emily, Arcita, and Palamon pray to different gods. Emily prays to Diana, goddess of chastity. Palamon prays to Venus, goddess of love. Arcita prays to Ares, god of war. Each receive visions that their prayers will be answered but Saturn, god of fate, says that Arcita will win his battle and Palamon will win his love.
The tournament begins and after zealous fighting, Palamon is wounded and Arcita is declared the winner of the fight and of Emily!
Saturn then decides to injure Arcita badly wounding him. Arcita is carried to the kings castle and as he lies dying, he wishes for Palamon to wed Emily because he feels that Palamon would do a better job of being a husband.
Then, Palamon recovered and married Emily. They lived happily ever after.