Troilus and Cressida


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Aeneas, Paris, Antenor, Deiphobus, and soldiers

with drums


AENEAS

Stand, ho! Yet are we masters of the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Never go home; here starve we out the night.
starve out (v.) endure in fierce cold

Enter Troilus


TROILUS

Hector is slain.


ALL

                         Hector? The gods forbid!


TROILUS

He's dead; and at the murderer's horse's tail,

In beastly sort, dragged through the shameful field.
beastly (adv.) like an animal, in a beastly manner
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
sort (n.) 3 way, manner

Frown on, you heavens, effect your rage with speed!

Sit, gods, upon your thrones, and smile at Troy!

I say, at once let your brief plagues be mercy,

And linger not our sure destructions on!
linger (v.) 1 delay, put off, keep waiting


AENEAS

My lord, you do discomfort all the host.
discomfort (v.) 1 discourage, dishearten, dispirit


TROILUS

You understand me not that tell me so.

I do not speak of flight, of fear, of death,

But dare all imminence that gods and men
imminence (n.) impending evil, approaching peril

Address their dangers in. Hector is gone;
address (v.) 1 prepare, make ready, poise to act

Who shall tell Priam so, or Hecuba?

Let him that will a screech-owl aye be called
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity
screech-owl (n.) barn-owl [thought to be a bird of ill omen]

Go into Troy, and say there ‘ Hector's dead ’ –

There is a word will Priam turn to stone,

Make wells and Niobes of the maids and wives,

Cold statues of the youth, and, in a word,

Scare Troy out of itself. But march away;

Hector is dead; there is no more to say –

Stay yet. You vile abominable tents,

Thus proudly pight upon our Phrygian plains,
pight (adj.) 2 pitched, set up

Let Titan rise as early as he dare,

I'll through and through you! – And, thou great-sized coward,

No space of earth shall sunder our two hates;
sunder (v.) 2 cut, divide, put an end to

I'll haunt thee like a wicked conscience still,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

That mouldeth goblins swift as frenzy's thoughts. –

Strike a free march to Troy! With comfort go;
free (adj.) 12 [unclear meaning] not in formal marching order; quick
strike (v.), past form stroke 2 beat, sound, strike up

Hope of revenge shall hide our inward woe.

Enter Pandarus


PANDARUS

But hear you, hear you!


TROILUS

Hence, broker-lackey! Ignomy and shame
broker-lackey (n.) abject go-between, pander [sic]
ignomy (n.) ignominy, dishonour, shame

Pursue thy life, and live aye with thy name!
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity

Exeunt all but Pandarus


PANDARUS

A goodly medicine for mine aching bones! –

O world, world, world! Thus is the poor agent despised!

O traitors and bawds, how earnestly are you
bawd (n.) pimp, procurer, pander, go-between See Topics: Frequency count

set a-work, and how ill requited! Why should our
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

endeavour be so desired, and the performance so

loathed? What verse for it? What instance for it? – Let
instance (n.) 2 illustration, example, case

me see:

Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
humble-bee (n.) bumble-bee

Till he hath lost his honey and his sting;

And being once subdued in armed tail,

Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.

Good traders in the flesh, set this in your painted

cloths:

As many as be here of Pandar's hall,
hall (n.) guild, company, profession

Your eyes, half out, weep out at Pandar's fall;

Or if you cannot weep, yet give some groans,

Though not for me, yet for your aching bones.

Brethren and sisters of the hold-door trade,
hold-door (adj.) brothel door-keeping

Some two months hence my will shall here be made;

It should be now, but that my fear is this:

Some galled goose of Winchester would hiss.
galled (adj.) 1 sore, swollen, inflamed
Winchester goose [contemptuous] groin swelling caused by venereal disease

Till then I'll sweat, and seek about for eases,
ease (n.) 1 comfort, relief, solace
sweat (v.) 2 use the sweating-tub [as a cure for for venereal disease]

And at that time bequeathe you my diseases.

Exit

 
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