Troilus and Cressida


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Alarum; excursions. Enter Thersites
clapper-claw (v.) beat up, thrash, scratch


Now they are clapper-clawing one another;

I'll go look on. That dissembling abominable varlet
dissembling (adj.) deceitful, hypocritical, false
varlet (n.) 1 knave, rogue, rascal, ruffian

Diomed has got that same scurvy doting foolish young
scurvy (adj.) 1 contemptible, despicable, wretched

knave's sleeve of Troy there in his helm. I would fain
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count
helm (n.) 1 helmet
knave (n.) 3 boy, lad, fellow

see them meet, that that same young Trojan ass, that

loves the whore there, might send that Greekish
Greekish (adj.) Greek, Grecian

whore-masterly villain with the sleeve back to the
whore-masterly (adj.) lecherous, having the character of a whoremaster

dissembling luxurious drab of a sleeveless errand.
dissembling (adj.) deceitful, hypocritical, false
drab (n.) harlot, slut, whore
luxurious (adj.) lustful, lecherous, lascivious
sleeveless (adj.) futile, fruitless, unproductive

O'th't' other side, the policy of those crafty-swearing
crafty-swearing (adj.) making devious vows
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft

rascals – that stale old mouse-eaten dry cheese, Nestor,

and that same dog-fox, Ulysses – is not proved

worth a blackberry. They set me up in policy that

mongrel cur, Ajax, against that dog of as bad a kind,

Achilles; and now is the cur Ajax prouder than the cur

Achilles, and will not arm today; whereupon the Grecians

begin to proclaim barbarism, and policy grows
policy (n.) 1 statecraft, statesmanship, diplomacy

into an ill opinion.
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count
opinion (n.) 2 reputation, character, honour

Enter Diomedes and Troilus

Soft! Here comes sleeve, and t' other.


Fly not, for shouldst thou take the river Styx,
take (v.) 21 take refuge in, go into, enter [for safety]

I would swim after.
miscall (v.) misname, call by a wrong name
retire (n.) retreat, withdrawal


                         Thou dost miscall retire;

I do not fly, but advantageous care
advantageous (adj.) providing advantage, opportune, timely
care (n.) 1 attentiveness, heedfulness, diligence

Withdrew me from the odds of multitude.
multitude (n.) large numbers, great host
odds (n. plural) 2 inequalities, unfavourable circumstances

Have at thee.


Hold thy whore, Grecian! Now for thy

whore, Trojan! Now the sleeve, now the sleeve!

Exeunt Troilus and Diomedes, fighting

Enter Hector


What art thou, Greek? Art thou for Hector's match?

Art thou of blood and honour?


No, no, I am a rascal, a scurvy railing knave,
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
railing (adj.) abusive, derisive, haranguing
scurvy (adj.) 1 contemptible, despicable, wretched

a very filthy rogue.


I do believe thee – live.



God-a-mercy that thou wilt believe me; but

a plague break thy neck – for frighting me! What's
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

become of the wenching rogues? I think they have
wenching (adj.) someone who hangs around with women

swallowed one another. I would laugh at that miracle –

yet, in a sort, lechery eats itself. I'll seek them.
sort (n.) 3 way, manner


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