Re: Why doesn't T'Pau tell Kirk the fight is to the death?
^ In other words, the Vulcan's take the term "best man" very literally. In the Earthly animal kingdom, there are often fights for mates, and oftentimes to the death. I think Zap has nailed it. "Does this really need to be explained?"
"No, I better not look. I just might be in there."
—Foghorn Leghorn, Little Boy Boo