But Aretusa and Rotokritos have finally met again. Their romance currently consists of frequent exchange of meaningful glances, but the all important tournament has begun! Very exciting. Rotokritos has decided, against advice, to compete in the tournament. He hopes to win the tournament, the king's approval, and Aretusa.
Polidoros (Rotokritos' friend) and Frosini (Aretusa's nurse) are still trying to get their friends to see sense, and realise that this whole romance is rather impractical. But we know they are wrong, and Aretusa and Rotokritos are right! There is a careful delineation between what the characters see or hear (their senses) and their perception of themselves and others. Rotokritos and Aretusa are the only ones who both see and perceive the truth - Polidoros and Frosini's perceptions are incorrect, though and lead them to believe that the romance is doomed . . .
We have now been introduced to all the competitors in the tournament, which will begin shortly. Will Rotokritos prevail? Will the bad guys plot and plan?