Troilus and Cressida


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Diomedes


DIOMEDES

What, are you up here, ho? Speak.


CALCHAS

(within) Who calls?


DIOMEDES

Diomed. – Calchas, I think? Where's your

daughter?


CALCHAS

(within)

She comes to you.

Enter Troilus and Ulysses at a distance; after them,

Thersites


ULYSSES

Stand where the torch may not discover us.
discover (v.) 3 expose, uncover, give away

Enter Cressida
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty


TROILUS

Cressid comes forth to him.


DIOMEDES

                         How now, my charge?


CRESSIDA

Now, my sweet guardian! – Hark, a word with you.

She whispers to him


TROILUS

Yea, so familiar!


ULYSSES

She will sing any man at first sight.
sing (v.) 2 make music with; entice, make advances to


THERSITES

And any man may sing her, if he can take her

clef: she's noted.
noted (adj.) 2 closely observed, taken note of


DIOMEDES

Will you remember?


CRESSIDA

Remember? Yes.


DIOMEDES

Nay, but do, then,

And let your mind be coupled with your words.


TROILUS

What should she remember?


ULYSSES

List!
list (v.) 2 listen


CRESSIDA

Sweet honey Greek, tempt me no more to folly.
folly (n.) wantonness, lewdness


THERSITES

Roguery!


DIOMEDES

Nay then –


CRESSIDA

I'll tell you what –


DIOMEDES

Foh, foh, come, tell a pin! You are forsworn.
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count
pin (n.) 1 trifle, triviality, insignificant amount


CRESSIDA

In faith I cannot; what would you have me do?


THERSITES

A juggling trick – to be secretly open.
juggling (adj.) deceiving, cheating, full of trickery
open (adj.) 6 generous, liberal, freely giving


DIOMEDES

What did you swear you would bestow on me?
bestow (v.) 2 give as a gift [to], present [with]


CRESSIDA

I prithee, do not hold me to mine oath;

Bid me do anything but that, sweet Greek.


DIOMEDES

Good night.


TROILUS

Hold, patience!


ULYSSES

How now, Trojan?


CRESSIDA

Diomed –


DIOMEDES

No, no, good night; I'll be your fool no more.
fool (n.) 5 plaything, pawn, puppet


TROILUS

Thy better must.


CRESSIDA

Hark, one word in your ear.


TROILUS

O plague and madness!


ULYSSES

You are moved, Prince; let us depart, I pray you,
move (v.) 1 arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]

Lest your displeasure should enlarge itself

To wrathful terms. This place is dangerous,

The time right deadly; I beseech you, go.


TROILUS

Behold, I pray you.


ULYSSES

                         Nay, good my lord, go off.

You flow to great distraction; come, my lord.
distraction (n.) 1 perturbation, agitation, frenzied state


TROILUS

I pray thee, stay.


ULYSSES

                         You have not patience; come.


TROILUS

I pray you, stay; by hell and all hell's torments,

I will not speak a word.


DIOMEDES

                         And so, good night.


CRESSIDA

Nay, but you part in anger.
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit


TROILUS

                         Doth that grieve thee?

O withered truth!
truth (n.) 1 loyalty, allegiance, faithfulness


ULYSSES

                         Why, how now, lord?


TROILUS

                                                         By Jove,

I will be patient.


CRESSIDA

                         Guardian! Why, Greek?


DIOMEDES

Foh, foh, adieu; you palter.
palter (v.) prevaricate, deal evasively [with], quibble


CRESSIDA

In faith, I do not: come hither once again.


ULYSSES

You shake, my lord, at something; will you go?

You will break out.
break out (v.) rush out, come out


TROILUS

                         She strokes his cheek!


ULYSSES

                                                         Come, come.


TROILUS

Nay, stay; by Jove, I will not speak a word.

There is between my will and all offences

A guard of patience; stay a little while.


THERSITES

How the devil luxury, with his fat rump and
luxury (n.) lust, lechery, lasciviousness

potato-finger, tickles these together! Fry, lechery, fry!
fry (v.) burn with lust; or: burn in hell
tickle (v.) 1 move easily, affect readily


DIOMEDES

But will you, then?


CRESSIDA

In faith, I will, lo; never trust me else.
else (adv.) 1 otherwise See Topics: Discourse markers


DIOMEDES

Give me some token for the surety of it.
surety (n.) 1 guarantee, ratification, warrant
token (n.) 5 keepsake, present, memento


CRESSIDA

I'll fetch you one.

Exit


ULYSSES

You have sworn patience.


TROILUS

                         Fear me not, sweet lord;

I will not be myself, nor have cognition

Of what I feel: I am all patience.

Enter Cressida


THERSITES

Now the pledge; now, now, now!


CRESSIDA

Here, Diomed, keep this sleeve.

She gives him the sleeve
faith (n.) 2 constancy, fidelity, loyalty


TROILUS

O beauty, where is thy faith?


ULYSSES

My lord –


TROILUS

I will be patient; outwardly I will.


CRESSIDA

You look upon that sleeve; behold it well.

He loved me – O false wench! – Give't me again.
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

She snatches the sleeve


DIOMEDES

Whose was't?


CRESSIDA

It is no matter, now I have't again.

I will not meet with you tomorrow night;

I prithee, Diomed, visit me no more.


THERSITES

Now she sharpens – well said, whetstone!


DIOMEDES

I shall have it.


CRESSIDA

What, this?


DIOMEDES

Ay, that.


CRESSIDA

O all you gods! – O pretty, pretty pledge!

Thy master now lies thinking in his bed

Of thee and me, and sighs, and takes my glove,

And gives memorial dainty kisses to it
dainty (adj.) 2 delicately pretty, of tender beauty
memorial (adj.) of remembrance, of recollection

As I kiss thee –

Diomedes takes the sleeve

                         Nay, do not snatch it from me;

He that takes that doth take my heart withal.


DIOMEDES

I had your heart before; this follows it.


TROILUS

I did swear patience.


CRESSIDA

You shall not have it, Diomed, faith, you shall not;

I'll give you something else.


DIOMEDES

I will have this. Whose was it?


CRESSIDA

It is no matter.


DIOMEDES

                         Come, tell me whose it was.


CRESSIDA

'Twas one's that loved me better than you will.

But now you have it, take it.


DIOMEDES

                         Whose was it?


CRESSIDA

By all Diana's waiting-women yond,

And by herself, I will not tell you whose.


DIOMEDES

Tomorrow will I wear it on my helm;
helm (n.) 1 helmet

And grieve his spirit that dares not challenge it.


TROILUS

Wert thou the devil, and wor'st it on thy horn,

It should be challenged.


CRESSIDA

Well, well, 'tis done, 'tis done, 'tis past – and yet it is not;

I will not keep my word.


DIOMEDES

                         Why then, farewell;

Thou never shalt mock Diomed again.


CRESSIDA

You shall not go; one cannot speak a word

But it straight starts you.
start (v.) 2 startle, alarm, disturb
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


DIOMEDES

                         I do not like this fooling.


THERSITES

Nor I, by Pluto: but that that likes not you
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness

Pleases me best.


DIOMEDES

                         What, shall I come? The hour?


CRESSIDA

Ay, come – O Jove! – do come: I shall be plagued.
plague (v.) torment, vex, trouble


DIOMEDES

Farewell till then.


CRESSIDA

                         Good night; I prithee come.

Exit Diomedes

Troilus, farewell! One eye yet looks on thee,

But with my heart the other eye doth see.

Ah, poor our sex! This fault in us I find,

The error of our eye directs our mind:

What error leads must err – O, then conclude,

Minds swayed by eyes are full of turpitude.
sway (v.) 1 control, rule, direct, govern
turpitude (n.) wickedess, vileness, depravity

Exit


THERSITES

A proof of strength she could not publish more,
strength (n.) 2 validity, forcefulness, cogency

Unless she said ‘ My mind is now turned whore.’


ULYSSES

All's done, my lord.


TROILUS

                         It is.


ULYSSES

                                                         Why stay we then?


TROILUS

To make a recordation to my soul
recordation (n.) 2 committing to memory, solemn recording

Of every syllable that here was spoke.

But if I tell how these two did co-act,
co-act (v.) behave together, carry on

Shall I not lie in publishing a truth?

Sith yet there is a credence in my heart,
credence (n.) faith, confidence, trust

An esperance so obstinately strong,
esperance (n.) hope, expectation, optimism

That doth invert th' attest of eyes and ears,
attest (n.) evidence, witness, testimony

As if those organs had deceptious functions,
deceptious (adj.) deceptive, misleading, deceiving

Created only to calumniate.
calumniate (v.) deal with slanders, handle defamation

Was Cressid here?
conjure up (v.) bring about [as if by magic], cause to appear


ULYSSES

                         I cannot conjure, Trojan.


TROILUS

She was not, sure.


ULYSSES

Most sure she was.


TROILUS

Why, my negation hath no taste of madness.
negation (n.) denial, dissent, contradiction


ULYSSES

Nor mine, my lord: Cressid was here but now.


TROILUS

Let it not be believed for womanhood.

Think, we had mothers: do not give advantage

To stubborn critics, apt, without a theme
apt (adj.) 1 fit, ready, prepared
stubborn (adj.) 1 resistant, hostile, antagonistic
theme (n.) 2 reason for acting, ground of belief

For depravation, to square the general sex
depravation (n.) depravity, corruption, moral degeneracy
general (adj.) 1 common, of everyone, public
square (v.) 2 judge, measure, appraise

By Cressid's rule; rather think this not Cressid.


ULYSSES

What hath she done, Prince, that can soil our mothers?
soil (v.) blemish, stain, tarnish


TROILUS

Nothing at all, unless that this were she.


THERSITES

Will he swagger himself out on's own eyes?
swagger (v.) 1 force by blustering language, bully


TROILUS

This she? No, this is Diomed's Cressida.

If beauty have a soul, this is not she;

If souls guide vows, if vows be sanctimony,
sanctimony (n.) 1 sanctity, holiness, religious fervour

If sanctimony be the gods' delight,

If there be rule in unity itself,
rule (n.) 1 principle, order, regulation

This is not she. O madness of discourse,

That cause sets up with and against itself!

Bifold authority, where reason can revolt
bifold, by-fold (adj.) twofold, double

Without perdition, and loss assume all reason
perdition (n.) 1 ruin, destruction, devastation

Without revolt. This is, and is not, Cressid!

Within my soul there doth conduce a fight
conduce (v.) 2 go on, carry on, take place

Of this strange nature, that a thing inseparate
inseparate (adj.) undivided, united, conjoined

Divides more wider than the sky and earth;

And yet the spacious breadth of this division

Admits no orifex for a point as subtle
orifex (n.) orifice, opening, aperture
subtle, subtile (adj.) 4 fine, thin, slender

As Ariachne's broken woof to enter.
woof (n.) cross-threads in a web; web

Instance, O instance, strong as Pluto's gates!
instance (n.) 2 illustration, example, case

Cressid is mine, tied with the bonds of heaven.

Instance, O instance, strong as heaven itself!

The bonds of heaven are slipped, dissolved, and loosed;
dissolve (v.) 1 loosen, release, set free

And with another knot, five-finger-tied,

The fractions of her faith, orts of her love,
fraction (n.) 1 fragment, scrap, shred
ort (n.) scrap, fragment, fraction

The fragments, scraps, the bits, and greasy relics

Of her o'er-eaten faith, are bound to Diomed.
over-eaten (adj.) eaten away all over, gnawed at on all sides


ULYSSES

May worthy Troilus be half attached
attach (v.) 2 seize, take hold of, grip

With that which here his passion doth express?
passion (n.) 1 powerful feeling, overpowering emotion [often opposed to ‘reason’]


TROILUS

Ay, Greek, and that shall be divulged well

In characters as red as Mars his heart
character (n.) 1 distinctive sign, stamp, trait

Inflamed with Venus; never did young man fancy
fancy (v.) like, love, admire

With so eternal and so fixed a soul.

Hark, Greek: as much as I do Cressid love,

So much by weight hate I her Diomed.

That sleeve is mine that he'll bear in his helm;
helm (n.) 1 helmet

Were it a casque composed by Vulcan's skill,
casque, caske (n.) helmet See Topics: Weapons
compose (v.) 1 make up, produce, fashion

My sword should bite it; not the dreadful spout,
spout (n.) water-spout

Which shipmen do the hurricano call,
hurricano (n.) water-spout

Constringed in mass by the almighty sun,
constringe (v.) compress, squeeze, draw together

Shall dizzy with more clamour Neptune's ear
dizzy (v.) make dizzy, confuse, bewilder

In his descent than shall my prompted sword
prompted (adj.) eagerly ready, urged on to act

Falling on Diomed.


THERSITES

He'll tickle it for his concupy.
concupy (n.) concubine, mistress; or: concupiscence, lust
tickle (v.) 2 beat, flog, rain blows on


TROILUS

O Cressid! O false Cressid! False, false, false!
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
O (int.) 1 vocalization used before a direct address [to a person, thing, concept, etc]

Let all untruths stand by thy stained name,

And they'll seem glorious.


ULYSSES

                         O, contain yourself;

Your passion draws ears hither.
passion (n.) 5 passionate outburst, emotional passage

Enter Aeneas


AENEAS

I have been seeking you this hour, my lord.

Hector by this is arming him in Troy.
this, by by this time

Ajax, your guard, stays to conduct you home.
guard (n.) 2 safeguard, escort, safe conduct
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await


TROILUS

Have with you, Prince. – My courteous lord, adieu. –

Farewell, revolted fair! – and, Diomed,
fair (n.) 1 fair face, beauty
revolted (adj.) 2 faithless, disloyal, inconstant

Stand fast, and wear a castle on thy head!


ULYSSES

I'll bring you to the gates.


TROILUS

Accept distracted thanks.
distracted (adj.) 1 perplexed, confused, agitated

Exeunt Troilus, Aeneas, and Ulysses


THERSITES

Would I could meet that rogue Diomed! I

would croak like a raven; I would bode, I would bode.
bode (v.) 2 promise, predict, forecast

Patroclus will give me anything for the intelligence of
intelligence (n.) 1 information, news, communication

this whore; the parrot will not do more for an almond

than he for a commodious drab. Lechery, lechery, still
commodious (adj.) accommodating, compliant, obliging
drab (n.) harlot, slut, whore
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion! A burning

devil take them!

Exit

 
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