Troilus and Cressida
mainCont width actsCont width
mainCont left actsCont left
mainCont right actsCont right
selAct left selAct right
  absolutní levá pozice
  acts cont padding (l/r) 3%

First folio
Modern text

Definitions

Key line

Enter Prologue in armourTroy (n.)ancient city of W Turkey, besieged for 10 years during the Trojan Wars; also called Ilium, IlionTC prologue.1
PROLOGUE 
IN Troy there lyes the Scene: From Iles of GreeceIn Troy there lies the scene. From isles of Greece TC prologue.1
The Princes Orgillous, their high blood chaf'dThe princes orgulous, their high blood chafed,blood (n.)nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentageTC prologue.2
chafe (v.)
old form: chaf'd
warm, inflame, rouse
orgulous (adj.)
old form: Orgillous
proud, haughty, arrogant
high (adj.)noble, dignified, aristocratic
Haue to the Port of Athens sent their shippesHave to the port of Athens sent their ships TC prologue.3
Fraught with the ministers and instrumentsFraught with the ministers and instrumentsfraught (adj.)filled, laden, packedTC prologue.4
Of cruell Warre: Sixty and nine that woreOf cruel war. Sixty and nine that wore TC prologue.5
Their Crownets Regall, from th' Athenian bayTheir crownets regal from th' Athenian baycrownet (n.)coronet, crownTC prologue.6
Put forth toward Phrygia, and their vow is madePut forth toward Phrygia, and their vow is madePhrygia (n.)[pron: 'frijia] central plateau area of Asia Minor where Troy was situatedTC prologue.7
To ransacke Troy, within whose strong emuresTo ransack Troy, within whose strong immuresimmure (n.)
old form: emures
wall
TC prologue.8
The rauish'd Helen, Menelaus Queene,The ravished Helen, Menelaus' queen,Menelaus (n.)[pron: mene'layus] king of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon, married to Helen of TroyTC prologue.9
Helen (n.)woman renowned for her beauty, whose abduction from the Greeks by Paris of Troy caused the Trojan War
ravished (adj.)
old form: rauish'd
abducted, carried off by force
With wanton Paris sleepes, and that's the Quarrell.With wanton Paris sleeps – and that's the quarrel.Paris (n.)youngest son of Priam and Hecuba; he stole Helen away from her Greek husband, Menelaus, causing the Trojan wars; character in Troilus and CressidaTC prologue.10
wanton (adj.)sexually hot, passionate, sportive
To Tenedos they come,To Tenedos they come,Tenedos (n.)[pron: 'tenedos] island near Troy, W TurkeyTC prologue.11
And the deepe-drawing Barke do there disgorgeAnd the deep-drawing barks do there disgorgebark, barque (n.)
old form: Barke
ship, vessel
TC prologue.12
deep-drawing (adj.)
old form: deepe-drawing
displacing great depth of water, heavily-laden
Their warlike frautage: now on Dardan PlainesTheir warlike fraughtage; now on Dardan plainsDardan, Dardania (n.)region in W Turkey in which Troy was the capitalTC prologue.13
fraughtage (n.)
old form: frautage
luggage, freight, cargo
The fresh and yet vnbruised Greekes do pitchThe fresh and yet unbruised Greeks do pitchunbruised (adj.)
old form: vnbruised
unmarked, uncrushed, undamaged
TC prologue.14
Their braue Pauillions. Priams six=gated City,Their brave pavilions. Priam's six-gated city,brave (adj.)
old form: braue
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
TC prologue.15
pavilion (n.)
old form: Pauillions
ceremonial tent
Priam (n.)[pron: 'priyam] king of Troy, husband of Hecuba; killed by Pyrrhus during the sack of Troy
Dardan and Timbria, Helias, Chetas, Troien,Dardan and Timbria, Helias, Chetas, Troien, TC prologue.16
And Antenonidus with massie StaplesAnd Antenorides, with massy staplesmassy (adj.)
old form: massie
massive, heavy, colossal
TC prologue.17
And corresponsiue and fulfilling BoltsAnd corresponsive and fulfilling bolts,corresponsive (adj.)
old form: corresponsiue
corresponding, equivalent, analogous
TC prologue.18
fulfilling (adj.)fitting exactly, well-complementing
Stirre vp the Sonnes of Troy.Stir up the sons of Troy. TC prologue.19
Now Expectation tickling skittish spirits,Now expectation, tickling skittish spirits TC prologue.20
On one and other side, Troian and Greeke,On one and other side, Trojan and Greek, TC prologue.21
Sets all on hazard. And hither am I come,Sets all on hazard. And hither am I come,hazard (n.)[gambling] chance, fortune; throw [of dice]TC prologue.22
A Prologue arm'd, but not in confidenceA Prologue armed, but not in confidence TC prologue.23
Of Authors pen, or Actors voyce; but suitedOf author's pen or actor's voice, but suited TC prologue.24
In like conditions, as our Argument;In like conditions as our argument,condition (n.)nature, state, circumstancesTC prologue.25
argument (n.)story, subject, plot
like (adj.)same, similar, alike, equal
To tell you (faire Beholders) that our PlayTo tell you, fair beholders, that our play TC prologue.26
Leapes ore the vaunt and firstlings of those broyles,Leaps o'er the vaunt and firstlings of those broils,broil (n.)
old form: broyles
turmoil, confused fighting, battle
TC prologue.27
firstling (n.)first result, opening event
vaunt (n.)beginning, outset, first part
Beginning in the middle: starting thence away,Beginning in the middle; starting thence away TC prologue.28
To what may be digested in a Play:To what may be digested in a play. TC prologue.29
Like, or finde fault, do as your pleasures are,Like or find fault; do as your pleasures are; TC prologue.30
Now good, or bad, 'tis but the chance of Warre.Now good or bad, 'tis but the chance of war. TC prologue.31
 Previous Prologue Next  
SHAKESPEARE'S WORDS © 2018 DAVID CRYSTAL & BEN CRYSTAL