Troilus and Cressida


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Ajax


AJAX

Troilus, thou coward Troilus, show thy head!

Enter Diomedes


DIOMEDES

Troilus, I say! Where's Troilus?


AJAX

                         What wouldst thou?


DIOMEDES

I would correct him.
correct (v.) punish, chastise, reprimand


AJAX

Were I the general, thou shouldst have my office
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

Ere that correction. – Troilus, I say! What, Troilus!
correction (n.) punishment, retribution, rebuke

Enter Troilus
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count


TROILUS

O traitor Diomed! Turn thy false face, thou traitor,

And pay thy life thou owest me for my horse!


DIOMEDES

Ha, art thou there?


AJAX

I'll fight with him alone; stand, Diomed.
stand (v.) 3 stop, halt


DIOMEDES

He is my prize; I will not look upon.


TROILUS

Come, both you cogging Greeks; have at you both!
cogging (adj.) deceiving, cheating, double-crossing

Exeunt, fighting

Enter Hector


HECTOR

Yea, Troilus? O, well fought, my youngest brother!

Enter Achilles


ACHILLES

Now do I see thee, ha? Have at thee, Hector!

They fight


HECTOR

Pause, if thou wilt.


ACHILLES

I do disdain thy courtesy, proud Trojan;

Be happy that my arms are out of use.

My rest and negligence befriends thee now,

But thou anon shalt hear of me again;
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

Till when, go seek thy fortune.

Exit


HECTOR

                         Fare thee well:

I would have been much more a fresher man,
fresh (adj.) 3 refreshed, invigorated, renewed

Had I expected thee.

Enter Troilus

                         How now, my brother!


TROILUS

Ajax hath ta'en Aeneas. Shall it be?

No, by the flame of yonder glorious heaven,

He shall not carry him! I'll be ta'en too
carry (v.) 1 secure, obtain, gain

Or bring him off. Fate, hear me what I say!
bring off (v.) rescue, save, deliver

I reck not though thou end my life today.
reck (v.) regard, heed, care [for]

Exit

Enter one in sumptuous armour
goodly (adj.) 2 good-looking, handsome, attractive, comely
mark (n.) 1 target, goal, aim


HECTOR

Stand, stand, thou Greek; thou art a goodly mark –

No? Wilt thou not? – I like thy armour well;

I'll frush it, and unlock the rivets all,
frush (v.) smash, strike violently

But I'll be master of it. Wilt thou not, beast, abide?
abide (v.) 3 stay, remain, stop [in a position]

Why then, fly on; I'll hunt thee for thy hide.

Exeunt

 
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