Troilus and Cressida


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Achilles with Myrmidons


ACHILLES

Come here about me, you my Myrmidons;

Mark what I say. Attend me where I wheel;
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count
wheel (v.) turn to face in a new direction, circle round

Strike not a stroke, but keep yourselves in breath,

And when I have the bloody Hector found,

Impale him with your weapons round about;
impale, empale (v.) encircle, enclose, ring

In fellest manner execute your arms.
execute (v.) 2 implement, activate, bring into operation
fell (adj.) 1 cruel, fierce, savage

Follow me, sirs, and my proceedings eye.
eye (v.) 3 watch carefully, pay attention to

It is decreed Hector the great must die.

Exeunt

Enter Menelaus and Paris, fighting; then Thersites
cuckold (n.) [mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife See Topics: Frequency count


THERSITES

The cuckold and the cuckold-maker are at

it. Now, bull! Now, dog! 'Loo, Paris, 'loo! Now, my

double-horned Spartan! 'Loo, Paris, 'loo! – The bull

has the game; 'ware horns, ho!
game (n.) 2 quarry, object of the chase

Exeunt Paris and Menelaus

Enter Margarelon


MARGARELON

Turn, slave, and fight.


THERSITES

What art thou?


MARGARELON

A bastard son of Priam's.


THERSITES

I am a bastard too; I love bastards. I am a

bastard begot, bastard instructed, bastard in mind,

bastard in valour, in everything illegitimate. One bear

will not bite another, and wherefore should one bastard?

Take heed, the quarrel's most ominous to us – if

the son of a whore fight for a whore, he tempts

judgement. Farewell, bastard.

Exit


MARGARELON

The devil take thee, coward!

Exit

 
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