After a battle,two knights who where cousins were found half dead, and taken as prissioners. Arcita and Palamon were locked in the tower were they were condemned to liveuntil death.
The two knights were locked up and during that time as prissioners they both fell in love with Emily.
Palamon has already seen Emily and is already in love with her, when Arcita arrives and sees a beautiful woman in the garden he ask if it is Venuspresenting as a human. To which Palamon gets angry asking who could he come and Seay he loves the woman he is already in love with.