Troilus and Cressida


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Diomedes and his Servant


DIOMEDES

Go, go, my servant, take thou Troilus' horse;

Present the fair steed to my Lady Cressid.

Fellow, commend my service to her beauty;
commend (v.) 3 present, introduce, bring [for favourable acceptance]

Tell her I have chastised the amorous Trojan,

And am her knight by proof.


SERVANT

                         I go, my lord.

Exit
proof (n.) 3 test, trial

Enter Agamemnon


AGAMEMNON

Renew, renew! The fierce Polydamas

Hath beat down Menon; bastard Margarelon

Hath Doreus prisoner,

And stands colossus-wise, waving his beam,
beam (n.) 4 large wooden staff, lance, club
colossus-wise (adv.) like a colossus, with legs astride

Upon the pashed corpses of the kings
pashed (adj.) smashed, battered, crushed

Epistrophus and Cedius. Polyxenes is slain,

Amphimachus and Thoas deadly hurt,
deadly (adv.) 3 mortally, fatally

Patroclus ta'en or slain, and Palamedes

Sore hurt and bruised; the dreadful Sagittary
dreadful (adj.) 1 inspiring dread, causing fear, daunting
sore (adv.) 1 seriously, greatly, very much

Appals our numbers. Haste we, Diomed,
appal (v.) turn pale, terrify, dismay

To reinforcement, or we perish all.

Enter Nestor with soldiers


NESTOR

Go, bear Patroclus' body to Achilles,

And bid the snail-paced Ajax arm for shame. –

There is a thousand Hectors in the field;
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Now here he fights on Galathe his horse,

And there lacks work; anon he's there afoot,
afoot (adv.) 1 on foot
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

And there they fly or die, like scaled schools
scaled, scaling (adj.) scaly, covered in scales
school (n.) 5 shoal of fish

Before the belching whale; then is he yonder,
belching (adj.) spouting, spurting

And there the strawy Greeks, ripe for his edge,
strawy (adj.) like straw, worthless as straw

Fall down before him, like the mower's swath:
swath (n.) 2 swathe, sweep of a scythe

Here, there, and everywhere, he leaves and takes,
leave (v.) 4 spare, leave alive
take (v.) 20 conquer, overthrow, destroy

Dexterity so obeying appetite
appetite (n.) 1 desire, longing, inclination, fancy

That what he will he does; and does so much
will (v.), past form would 1 desire, wish, want

That proof is called impossibility.

Enter Ulysses


ULYSSES

O, courage, courage, princes! Great Achilles

Is arming, weeping, cursing, vowing vengeance;

Patroclus' wounds have roused his drowsy blood,

Together with his mangled Myrmidons,

That noseless, handless, hacked and chipped, come to him,

Crying on Hector. Ajax hath lost a friend,
cry on (v.) shout out, call out about

And foams at mouth, and he is armed and at it,

Roaring for Troilus, who hath done today

Mad and fantastic execution,
execution (n.) 4 killing, slaying, slaughter

Engaging and redeeming of himself
engage (v.) 3 enter into combat, make an attack
redeem (v.) 1 free, liberate, extricate

With such a careless force and forceless care
care (n.) 1 attentiveness, heedfulness, diligence
careless (adj.) 2 casual, informal, free and easy
force (n.) 2 physical strength, might, vigour
forceless (adj.) 1 effortless, easygoing, nonchalant

As if that luck, in very spite of cunning,
cunning (n.) 1 skill, ability, expertise

Bade him win all.

Enter Ajax


AJAX

Troilus! Thou coward Troilus!

Exit


DIOMEDES

                         Ay, there, there!


NESTOR

So, so, we draw together.

Exit
draw (v.) 17 carry a burden, drag a load

Enter Achilles


ACHILLES

                         Where is this Hector? –

Come, come, thou boy-queller, show thy face;
queller (n.) destroyer, killer

Know what it is to meet Achilles angry –

Hector! Where's Hector? I will none but Hector.
will (v.), past form would 1 desire, wish, want

Exeunt

 
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