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The Two Noble Kinsmen Characters

The Jailer’s Daughter is 18, immature, romantic, and more than ready to lose her virginity. 

She takes care of the imprisoned Arcite and Palamon, bringing them their food and keeping the cell fresh, and falls completely in love with Palamon. She is aware that he is unlikely to marry her, given the differences in their social rank, but she nevertheless hopes to at least become his mistress. Her passion is so great that she risks her father’s life by freeing Palamon and leading him to the woods. She is worried then when he does not kiss her after she admits her love, and, lost in the woods, cold, hungry, unable to find him again, her wits become addled and she slowly loses her mind. She becomes very child-like, while at the same time harping on her physical desire for Palamon. She joins in with the morris dancers and then goes on her way. She picks flowers by a river, and when she sees the Wooer she was meant to marry, she jumps into the water and would drown if he did not jump in after and save her. She is calmed down when the Wooer pretends to be Palamon at the Doctor’s suggestion, and soon agrees to marry him. Whether she ever realizes that the man she takes to bed with her is not the one she is in love with is unknown.

 

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