Pyramus and Thisbe are two lovers in the city of Babylon who occupy connected houses/walls, forbidden by their parents to be wed. Through a crack in the wall, they whisper their love for each other.

They arrange to meet near Ninus' tomb under a mulberry tree and state their feelings for each other. Thisbe arrives first, but upon seeing a lioness with a mouth bloody from a recent kill, she flees, leaving behind her veils. When Pyramus arrives he is horrified at the sight of Thisbe's veil, assuming that a fierce beast had killed her. He fell on his sword, letting the it pierce his broken heart. Thisbe returns, eager to tell Pyramus what had happened to her, but she finds Pyramus impaled under the mulberry tree.

Horrified, she asked the still breathing Pyramus what happened. Barely able to stay awake, he told her what happened and she cried in sorrow. She took Pyramus' sword and asked him to wait for her while she stabbed herself, and they died together.

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