Troilus and Cressida


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Enter Prologue in armour


PROLOGUE

In Troy there lies the scene. From isles of Greece

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

Have to the port of Athens sent their ships

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

Of cruel war. Sixty and nine that wore

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

Put forth toward Phrygia, and their vow is made

To ransack Troy, within whose strong immures

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

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

To Tenedos they come,

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

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

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

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

Dardan and Timbria, Helias, Chetas, Troien,

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

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

Stir up the sons of Troy.

Now expectation, tickling skittish spirits

On one and other side, Trojan and Greek,

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

A Prologue armed, but not in confidence

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

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 See Topics: Frequency count

To tell you, fair beholders, that our play

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

Beginning in the middle; starting thence away

To what may be digested in a play.

Like or find fault; do as your pleasures are;

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

 
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