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The King of Athens

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The morning after the wedding, Theseus sends for Egeus and orders the Forest of Arden burnt. "We'll have no more runaway daughters in Athens," he says. And isn't it a kingly task, bringing law to the wild places?

Mollified, Egeus thanks him. A sensible man, and influential.

Smoke palls Athens as though the sun has gone out. Everywhere Theseus hears women weeping in their houses for the little forest gods. Hippolyta prays to Artemis, until he forbids it.

When the burning's over, Theseus grants land to his nobles (generosity marks a true king) and builds fortresses along his new borders.