Troilus and Cressida


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter, at one door, Aeneas and a servant with a torch;

at another, Paris, Deiphobus, Antenor, Diomedes the

Grecian, and others with torches


See, ho! Who is that there?


It is the Lord Aeneas.


Is the prince there in person? –

Had I so good occasion to lie long

As you, Prince Paris, nothing but heavenly business

Should rob my bed-mate of my company.


That's my mind too. – Good morrow, Lord Aeneas.
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


A valiant Greek, Aeneas – take his hand –

Witness the process of your speech within;
process (n.) 1 progress, course, path

You told how Diomed a whole week by days
days, by every day, day by day

Did haunt you in the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count


                         Health to you, valiant sir,

During all question of the gentle truce;
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence
question (n.) 4 debating, discussion, investigation

But when I meet you armed, as black defiance

As heart can think or courage execute.


The one and other Diomed embraces.

Our bloods are now in calm; and, so long, health;
blood (n.) 1 passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]

But when contention and occasion meet,

By Jove, I'll play the hunter for thy life

With all my force, pursuit, and policy.
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft


And thou shalt hunt a lion that will fly

With his face backward. – In humane gentleness,
gentleness (n.) 1 nobility, good breeding, courtesy
humane (adj.) 1 polite, courteous, refined

Welcome to Troy! Now by Anchises' life,

Welcome indeed! By Venus' hand I swear,

No man alive can love in such a sort
sort (n.) 3 way, manner

The thing he means to kill more excellently.


We sympathize. – Jove, let Aeneas live,
sympathize (v.) 1 agree, be in accord

If to my sword his fate be not the glory,

A thousand complete courses of the sun!

But, in mine emulous honour let him die,
emulous (adj.) 1 envious, filled with rivalry, greedy for praise

With every joint a wound, and that tomorrow!


We know each other well.


We do, and long to know each other worse.


This is the most despiteful'st gentle greeting,
despiteful (adj.) cruel, spiteful, malicious
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

The noblest hateful love, that e'er I heard of.

(To Aeneas) What business, lord, so early?


I was sent for to the King; but why, I know not.

PARIS (to Aeneas)

(to Aeneas)
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

His purpose meets you: it was to bring this Greek

To Calchas' house, and there to render him,
render (v.) 2 exchange, give in return

For the enfreed Antenor, the fair Cressid.
enfreed (adj.) liberated, released

Let's have your company, or, if you please,

Haste there before us: I constantly do think –
constantly (adv.) 1 assuredly, firmly, certainly, confidently

Or, rather, call my thought a certain knowledge –

My brother Troilus lodges there tonight.

Rouse him, and give him note of our approach,
note (n.) 2 knowledge, information, intimation

With the whole quality whereof. I fear
quality (n.) 7 occasion, cause

We shall be much unwelcome.


(to Paris)

                         That I assure you;

Troilus had rather Troy were borne to Greece

Than Cressid borne from Troy.


(to Aeneas)

                         There is no help;

The bitter disposition of the time
disposition (n.) 6 control, direction, management

Will have it so. On, lord; we'll follow you.


Good morrow, all.

Exit with servant


And tell me, noble Diomed, faith, tell me true,

Even in the soul of sound good-fellowship,
soul (n.) 4 real nature, essence

Who, in your thoughts, merits fair Helen most,

Myself or Menelaus?


                         Both alike:

He merits well to have her, that doth seek her,

Not making any scruple of her soilure,
scruple (n.) 2 suspicion, misgiving, doubt
soilure (n.) soiling, staining, defilement

With such a hell of pain and world of charge;
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay

And you as well to keep her, that defend her,

Not palating the taste of her dishonour,
palate (v.) 1 relish, enjoy

With such a costly loss of wealth and friends.

He, like a puling cuckold, would drink up
cuckold (n.) [mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife See Topics: Frequency count
puling (n./adj.) 1 whimpering, whining, complaining

The lees and dregs of a flat tamed piece;
flat (adj.) 2 stale, insipid, unpalatable
piece (n.) 9 wine cask, butt of liquor
tamed (adj.) [of a cask] tapped, pierced

You, like a lecher, out of whorish loins

Are pleased to breed out your inheritors.

Both merits poised, each weighs nor less nor more;
poise (v.) balance, weigh, make even

But he as you, each heavier for a whore.
heavy (adj.) 5 weighed down, burdened, laden


You are too bitter to your countrywoman.


She's bitter to her country. Hear me, Paris:

For every false drop in her bawdy veins
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

A Grecian's life hath sunk; for every scruple
scruple (n.) 1 tiny amount, last ounce

Of her contaminated carrion weight
carrion (adj.) 1 loathsome, vile, disgusting, corrupting

A Trojan hath been slain. Since she could speak,

She hath not given so many good words breath
breath (n.) 1 utterance, speech, voice

As for her Greeks and Trojans suffered death.


Fair Diomed, you do as chapmen do,
chapman (n.) trader, merchant, dealer

Dispraise the thing that you desire to buy;

But we in silence hold this virtue well:

We'll not commend what we intend to sell.
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

Here lies our way.


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