Troilus and Cressida


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Act I
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Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Hector, carrying a suit of armour
core (n.) enclosed body, contained corpse


HECTOR

Most putrefied core, so fair without,

Thy goodly armour thus hath cost thy life.

Now is my day's work done; I'll take good breath.

Rest, sword; thou hast thy fill of blood and death.

Enter Achilles and his Myrmidons


ACHILLES

Look, Hector, how the sun begins to set,

How ugly night comes breathing at his heels;

Even with the vail and dark'ning of the sun
darking (n.) darkening, setting
vail (n.) 1 setting, going down

To close the day up, Hector's life is done.


HECTOR

I am unarmed; forego this vantage, Greek.
vantage (n.) 2 advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority


ACHILLES

Strike, fellows, strike; this is the man I seek.

Hector falls

So, Ilium, fall thou; now, Troy, sink down!

Here lies thy heart, thy sinews, and thy bone. –
sinew (n.) 1 muscle

On, Myrmidons; and cry you all amain:
amain (adv.) 2 forcefully, with all one's might

‘ Achilles hath the mighty Hector slain.’

A retreat sounded
part (n.) 2 side, camp, party
retire (n.) retreat, withdrawal

Hark, a retire upon our Grecian part.


MYRMIDONS

The Trojan trumpets sound the like, my lord.
like, the the same


ACHILLES

The dragon wing of night o'erspreads the earth,

And, stickler-like, the armies separates.
stickler-like (adv.) like a tournament umpire

My half-supped sword, that frankly would have fed,
frankly (adv.) 1 freely, without restraint, unrestrictedly
half-supped (adj.) with supper interrupted, half-satisfied

Pleased with this dainty bait, thus goes to bed.
bait (n.) 1 morsel, snack, titbit

Come, tie his body to my horse's tail;

Along the field I will the Trojan trail.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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