Troilus and Cressida


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Hector and Andromache
tempered (adj.) 2 in such a mood, of this disposition
ungently (adv.) unkindly, roughly, rudely


When was my lord so much ungently tempered,

To stop his ears against admonishment?
admonishment (n.) warning, caution

Unarm, unarm, and do not fight today.
unarm (v.) disarm, remove armour


You train me to offend you; get you gone.
offend (v.) 1 harm, hurt, pain
train (v.) 2 draw on, induce, tempt

By all the everlasting gods, I'll go!


My dreams will sure prove ominous to the day.
ominous (adj.) fateful, portentous


No more, I say.

Enter Cassandra


                         Where is my brother Hector?


Here, sister; armed, and bloody in intent.
bloody (adj.) 1 blood-thirsty, warlike, ferocious
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

Consort with me in loud and dear petition;
dear (adj.) 6 heartfelt, earnest, zealous

Pursue we him on knees; for I have dreamed

Of bloody turbulence, and this whole night

Hath nothing been but shapes and forms of slaughter.


O, 'tis true.


                         Ho! Bid my trumpet sound!


No notes of sally, for the heavens, sweet brother.
sally (n.) sudden attack against an enemy, sortie


Be gone, I say; the gods have heard me swear.


The gods are deaf to hot and peevish vows;
peevish (adj.) 1 silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive

They are polluted offerings, more abhorred

Than spotted livers in the sacrifice.
spotted (adj.) 1 stained, blemished


O, be persuaded! Do not count it holy

To hurt by being just; it is as lawful,
just (adj.) 5 honourable, loyal, faithful

For we would give much, to use violent thefts,

And rob in the behalf of charity.


It is the purpose that makes strong the vow;
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

But vows to every purpose must not hold.

Unarm, sweet Hector.
unarm (v.) disarm, remove armour


                         Hold you still, I say;

Mine honour keeps the weather of my fate.
weather, keep the keep to the windward side

Lie every man holds dear, but the dear man
dear (adj.) 7 noble, honourable, worthy

Holds honour far more precious-dear than life.
precious-dear (adj.) dearly precious

Enter Troilus

How now, young man, mean'st thou to fight today?


Cassandra, call my father to persuade.

Exit Cassandra


No, faith, young Troilus; doff thy harness, youth.
doff (v.) throw off, get rid of, do away with

I am today i'the vein of chivalry.

Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong,
sinew (n.) 1 muscle

And tempt not yet the brushes of the war.
brush (n.) hostile meeting, collision, forceful encounter
tempt (v.) 3 risk, venture out to, dare to encounter

Unarm thee, go; and doubt thou not, brave boy,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
unarm (v.) disarm, remove armour

I'll stand today for thee, and me, and Troy.


Brother, you have a vice of mercy in you,

Which better fits a lion than a man.


What vice is that? Good Troilus, chide me for it.
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count


When many times the captive Grecian falls,

Even in the fan and wind of your fair sword,

You bid them rise and live.


O,'tis fair play.


                         Fool's play, by heaven, Hector.


How now, how now?


                         For th' love of all the gods,

Let's leave the hermit Pity with our mothers;

And when we have our armours buckled on,

The venomed vengeance ride upon our swords,
venomed (adj.) poisoned, venomous

Spur them to ruthful work, rein them from ruth!
ruth (n.) pity, compassion, sympathy
ruthful (adj.) piteous, lamentable, woeful


Fie, savage, fie!


                         Hector, then 'tis wars.


Troilus, I would not have you fight today.


Who should withhold me?
withhold (v.) 1 restrain, hold back, keep in check

Not fate, obedience, nor the hand of Mars

Beckoning with fiery truncheon my retire;
retire (n.) retreat, withdrawal
truncheon (n.) 1 military baton, staff of office

Not Priamus and Hecuba on knees,

Their eyes o'ergalled with recourse of tears;
overgalled (adj.) badly swollen, heavily inflamed
recourse (n.) 2 repeated flowing, recurrence

Nor you, my brother, with your true sword drawn,

Opposed to hinder me, should stop my way,

But by my ruin.
ruin (n.) 1 ruination, destruction, devastation

Enter Priam and Cassandra


Lay hold upon him, Priam, hold him fast;

He is thy crutch. Now if thou lose thy stay,
stay (n.) 2 support, prop

Thou on him leaning, and all Troy on thee,

Fall all together.


                         Come, Hector, come; go back.

Thy wife hath dreamed, thy mother hath had visions,

Cassandra doth foresee, and I myself

Am like a prophet suddenly enrapt,
enrapt (adj.) enraptured, inspired, carried away

To tell thee that this day is ominous.

Therefore, come back.
afield, a-field (adv.) 1 on the field of battle


                         Aeneas is a-field,

And I do stand engaged to many Greeks,
engaged (adj.) 2 pledged, bound, sworn

Even in the faith of valour, to appear
faith (n.) 1 promise, assurance, pledge

This morning to them.


                         Ay, but thou shalt not go.


I must not break my faith.

You know me dutiful; therefore, dear sir,

Let me not shame respect, but give me leave

To take that course by your consent and voice,
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count
voice (n.) 2 support, approval, good word

Which you do here forbid me, royal Priam.


O Priam, yield not to him!


                         Do not, dear father.


Andromache, I am offended with you.

Upon the love you bear me, get you in.

Exit Andromache


This foolish, dreaming, superstitious girl

Makes all these bodements.
bodement (n.) omen, portent, augury


                         O, farewell, dear Hector!

Look how thou diest! Look, how thy eye turns pale!

Look how thy wounds do bleed at many vents!
vent (n.) 1 aperture, opening

Hark how Troy roars, how Hecuba cries out,

How poor Andromache shrills her dolour forth!
dolour (n.) sorrow, grief, lamentation

Behold distraction, frenzy, and amazement
amazement (n.) 1 alarm, apprehension, fear

Like witless antics one another meet,
amazement (n.) 2 bewilderment, perplexity, distraction
antic, antick(e), antique (n.) 1 grotesque figure, grinning jester, buffoon

And all cry ‘ Hector! Hector's dead!’ – O Hector!


Away! Away!


Farewell – yes, soft: Hector, I take my leave.

Thou dost thyself and all our Troy deceive.
deceive (v.) 1 delude, mislead, take in



You are amazed, my liege, at her exclaim.
amazed (adj.) dumbfounded, stunned, thunderstruck, overwhelmed
exclaim (n.) exclamation, outcry, protest

Go in, and cheer the town. We'll forth, and fight,

Do deeds worth praise, and tell you them at night.


Farewell; the gods with safety stand about thee!
safety (n.) 1 prudent course of action, best safeguard

Exeunt Priam and Hector by different doors. Alarum


They are at it, hark! – Proud Diomed, believe

I come to lose my arm or win my sleeve.

Enter Pandarus


Do you hear, my lord? Do you hear?


What now?


Here's a letter come from yond poor girl.


Let me read.


A whoreson tisick, a whoreson rascally tisick
tisick (n.) consumptive cough, infection of lungs and throat

so troubles me, and the foolish fortune of this girl; and

what one thing, what another, that I shall leave you one

o' these days; and I have rheum in mine eyes too, and
rheum (n.) 2 watery discharge, seepage [especially of the eyes]

such an ache in my bones that unless a man were curst

I cannot tell what to think on't. – What says she there?


Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart;
mere (adv.) 2 exclusively, purely, solely

Th' effect doth operate another way.
effect (n.) 1 result, end, outcome, fulfilment

He tears the letter

Go, wind, to wind, there turn and change together.

My love with words and errors still she feeds,
error (n.) 2 deceit, falsehood, deception

But edifies another with her deeds.


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