Troilus and Cressida

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Enter Prologue in armour



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In Troy there lies the scene. From isles of Greece

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The princes orgulous, their high blood chafed,
blood (n.) 7 nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentage
chafe (v.) 3 warm, inflame, rouse
high (adj.) 3 noble, dignified, aristocratic
orgulous (adj.) proud, haughty, arrogant

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Have to the port of Athens sent their ships

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Fraught with the ministers and instruments
fraught (adj.) filled, laden, packed

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Of cruel war. Sixty and nine that wore

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Their crownets regal from th' Athenian bay
crownet (n.) 1 coronet, crown

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Put forth toward Phrygia, and their vow is made

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To ransack Troy, within whose strong immures

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The ravished Helen, Menelaus' queen,
ravished (adj.) abducted, carried off by force

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With wanton Paris sleeps – and that's the quarrel.
wanton (adj.) 5 sexually hot, passionate, sportive

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To Tenedos they come,

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And the deep-drawing barks do there disgorge
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
deep-drawing (adj.) displacing great depth of water, heavily-laden

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Their warlike fraughtage; now on Dardan plains
fraughtage (n.) luggage, freight, cargo

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The fresh and yet unbruised Greeks do pitch
unbruised (adj.) 1 unmarked, uncrushed, undamaged

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Their brave pavilions. Priam's six-gated city,
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
pavilion (n.) ceremonial tent

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Dardan and Timbria, Helias, Chetas, Troien,

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And Antenorides, with massy staples
massy (adj.) massive, heavy, colossal

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And corresponsive and fulfilling bolts,
corresponsive (adj.) corresponding, equivalent, analogous
fulfilling (adj.) fitting exactly, well-complementing

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Stir up the sons of Troy.

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Now expectation, tickling skittish spirits

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On one and other side, Trojan and Greek,

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Sets all on hazard. And hither am I come,
hazard (n.) 2 [gambling] chance, fortune; throw [of dice]

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A Prologue armed, but not in confidence

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Of author's pen or actor's voice, but suited

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In like conditions as our argument,
argument (n.) 2 story, subject, plot
condition (n.) 3 nature, state, circumstances
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal

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To tell you, fair beholders, that our play

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Leaps o'er the vaunt and firstlings of those broils,
broil (n.) 1 turmoil, confused fighting, battle
firstling (n.) 1 first result, opening event
vaunt (n.) 2 beginning, outset, first part

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Beginning in the middle; starting thence away

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To what may be digested in a play.

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Like or find fault; do as your pleasures are;

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Now good or bad, 'tis but the chance of war.

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