Troilus and Cressida
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Enter Thersites solus.Enter Thersites TC II.iii.1
THERSITES 
How now Thersites? what lost in theHow now, Thersites! What, lost in the TC II.iii.1
Labyrinth of thy furie? shall the Elephant Aiax carry itlabyrinth of thy fury? Shall the elephant Ajax carry itcarry it (away)[from a falconry term ‘to fly away with the game’] win the day, have the advantage, succeedTC II.iii.2
thus? he beates me, and I raile at him: O worthy thus? He beats me, and I rail at him: O, worthyrail (v.)
old form: raile
rant, rave, be abusive [about]
TC II.iii.3
satisfaction, would it were otherwise: that I couldsatisfaction! Would it were otherwise – that I could TC II.iii.4
beate him, whil'st he rail'd at me: Sfoote, Ile learne tobeat him whilst he railed at me. 'Sfoot, I'll learn to'sfoot (int.)[oath] God's footTC II.iii.5
coniure and raise Diuels, but Ile see some issue of my conjure and raise devils, but I'll see some issue of myissue (n.)yield, product, resultTC II.iii.6
conjure (v.)
old form: coniure
engage in magic, cast spells, invoke supernatural aid
spitefull execrations. Then ther's Achilles, a rarespiteful execrations. Then there's Achilles – a rareexecration (n.)curse, imprecation, denunciationTC II.iii.7
Enginer. If Troy be not taken till these two vndermineengineer. If Troy be not taken till these two undermineengineer, enginer (n.)constructor of military works; plotter, contriverTC II.iii.8
it, the wals will stand till they fall of themselues. Oit, the walls will stand till they fall of themselves. O TC II.iii.9
thou great thunder-darter of Olympus, forget thatthou great thunder-darter of Olympus, forget thatthunder-darter (n.)wielder of thunderboltsTC II.iii.10
Olympus (n.)mountainous region of N Greece; the home of the gods
thou art Ioue the King of gods: and Mercury, loose allthou art Jove, the king of gods; and Mercury, lose allMercury (n.)messenger of the Roman gods; also, god of commerce TC II.iii.11
Jove (n.)[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
the Serpentine craft of thy Caduceus, if thou take notthe serpentine craft of thy caduceus, if thou take notcaduceus (n.)[pron: ka'dyoosius] heraldic wand [in the case of Mercury, entwined with two serpents]TC II.iii.12
that little little lesse then little wit from them that theythat little little, less than little wit from them that theywit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityTC II.iii.13
haue, which short-arm'd ignorance it selfe knowes, is sohave! – which short-armed ignorance itself knows is so TC II.iii.14
abundant scarse, it will not in circumuention deliuer aabundant scarce it will not in circumvention deliver acircumvention (n.)
old form: circumuention
craft, outwitting, getting the better of [someone]
TC II.iii.15
Flye from a Spider, without drawing the massie Irons andfly from a spider without drawing their massy irons andiron (n.)iron weapon, steel, swordTC II.iii.16
massy (adj.)
old form: massie
massive, heavy, colossal
cutting the web: after this, the vengeance on the wholecutting the web. After this, the vengeance on the whole TC II.iii.17
Camp, or rather the bone-ach, for thatcamp – or rather, the Neapolitan bone-ache – for that,bone-ache (n.), Neapolitan bone-ache
old form: bone-ach
[pain in the bones from Naples] syphilis, venereal disease
TC II.iii.18
me thinkes is the curse dependant on those that warre formethinks, is the curse dependent on those that war for methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
TC II.iii.19
depend (v.)have consequences for, menace, hover over
a placket. I haue said my prayers and diuell, enuie, saya placket. I have said my prayers, and devil Envy sayplacket (n.)opening in the front of a skirt or petticoatTC II.iii.20
Amen: What ho? my Lord Achilles?‘ Amen.’ – What ho! My Lord Achilles! TC II.iii.21
Enter Patroclus.Enter Patroclus TC II.iii.22
Patr. PATROCLUS 
Who's there? Thersites. Good Thersites Who's there? Thersites! Good Thersites, TC II.iii.22
come in and raile.come in and rail.rail (v.)
old form: raile
rant, rave, be abusive [about]
TC II.iii.23
Ther. THERSITES 
If I could haue remembred a guilt counterfeit,If I could have remembered a gilt counterfeit,counterfeit (n.)false imitation, spurious imageTC II.iii.24
thou would'st not haue slipt out of my contemplation,thou wouldst not have slipped out of my contemplation; TC II.iii.25
but it is no matter, thy selfe vpon thy selfe. Thebut it is no matter – thyself upon thyself! The TC II.iii.26
common curse of mankinde, follie and ignorance becommon curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, be TC II.iii.27
thine in great reuenew; heauen blesse thee from a Tutor,thine in great revenue! Heaven bless thee from a tutor, TC II.iii.28
and Discipline come not neere thee. Let thy bloud be thyand discipline come not near thee! Let thy blood be thydiscipline (n.)learning, schooling, course of instructionTC II.iii.29
blood (n.)
old form: bloud
passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]
direction till thy death, then if she that laies thee out direction till thy death; then if she that lays thee out TC II.iii.30
sayes thou art a faire coarse, Ile be sworne and swornesays thou art a fair corpse, I'll be sworn and sworn TC II.iii.31
vpon't she neuer shrowded any but Lazars, Amen.upon't, she never shrouded any but lazars. Amen. – lazar (n.)leper, diseased personTC II.iii.32
Wher's Achilles?Where's Achilles? TC II.iii.33
Patr. PATROCLUS 
What art thou deuout? wast thou in aWhat, art thou devout? Wast thou in a TC II.iii.34
prayer?prayer? TC II.iii.35
Ther. THERSITES 
I, the heauens heare me.Ay, the heavens hear me! TC II.iii.36
Enter Achilles.Enter Achilles TC II.iii.37
Achil. ACHILLES 
Who's there?Who's there? TC II.iii.37
Patr. PATROCLUS 
Thersites, my Lord.Thersites, my lord. TC II.iii.38
Achil. ACHILLES 
Where, where, art thou come? why myWhere, where? – Art thou come? Why, my TC II.iii.39
cheese, my digestion, why hast thou not seru'd thy selfecheese, my digestion, why hast thou not served thyself TC II.iii.40
into my Table, so many meales? Come, what's in to my table, so many meals? Come, what's TC II.iii.41
Agamemnon?Agamemnon? TC II.iii.42
Ther. THERSITES 
Thy Commander Achilles, then tell me Thy commander, Achilles. Then tell me, TC II.iii.43
Patroclus, what's Achilles?Patroclus, what's Achilles? TC II.iii.44
Patr. PATROCLUS 
Thy Lord Thersites: then tell me I prayThy lord, Thersites. Then tell me, I pray TC II.iii.45
thee, what's thy selfe?thee, what's thyself? TC II.iii.46
Ther. THERSITES 
Thy knower Patroclus: then tell me Patroclus,Thy knower, Patroclus. Then tell me, Patroclus, TC II.iii.47
what art thou?what art thou? TC II.iii.48
Patr. PATROCLUS 
Thou maist tell that know'st.Thou mayst tell that knowest. TC II.iii.49
Achil. ACHILLES 
O tell, tell.O, tell, tell. TC II.iii.50
Ther. THERSITES 
Ile declin the whole question: I'll decline the whole question.question (n.)point at issue, problem, businessTC II.iii.51
decline (v.)
old form: declin
go systematically through, recite in order
Agamemnon commands Achilles, Achilles is my Lord,Agamemnon commands Achilles, Achilles is my lord, TC II.iii.52
I am Patroclus knower, and Patroclus is a foole.I am Patroclus' knower, and Patroclus is a fool. TC II.iii.53
Patro. PATROCLUS 
You rascall.You rascal! TC II.iii.54
Ther. THERSITES 
Peace foole, I haue not done.Peace, fool, I have not done. TC II.iii.55
Achil. ACHILLES 
He is a priuiledg'd man, proceede Thersites.He is a privileged man. – Proceed, Thersites.privileged (adj.)
old form: priuiledg'd
[of a professional fool] allowed to say anything
TC II.iii.56
Ther. THERSITES 
Agamemnon is a foole, Achilles is a foole, Agamemnon is a fool, Achilles is a fool, TC II.iii.57
Thersites is a foole, and as aforesaid, Patroclus is aThersites is a fool, and, as aforesaid, Patroclus is a TC II.iii.58
foole.fool. TC II.iii.59
Achil. ACHILLES 
Deriue this? come?Derive this; come.derive (v.)
old form: Deriue
explain, justify, give the basis of
TC II.iii.60
Ther. THERSITES 
Agamemnon is a foole to offer to command Agamemnon is a fool to offer to commandoffer (v.)dare, presume, ventureTC II.iii.61
Achilles, Achilles is a foole to be commanded of Achilles, Achilles is a fool to be commanded of TC II.iii.62
Agamemon, Thersites is a foole to serue such a foole:Agamemnon, Thersites is a fool to serve such a fool, TC II.iii.63
and Patroclus is a foole positiue.and Patroclus is a fool positive.positive (adj.)
old form: positiue
unconditional, absolute, unqualified
TC II.iii.64
Patr. PATROCLUS 
Why am I a foole?Why am I a fool? TC II.iii.65
Ther. THERSITES 
Make that demand to the Creator, it suffisesMake that demand to the Creator; it sufficessuffice (v.)
old form: suffises
satisfy, content, be enough [for]
TC II.iii.66
demand (n.)question, enquiry, request
me thou art. Looke you, who comes here?me thou art. Look you, who comes here? TC II.iii.67
Achil. ACHILLES 
Patroclus, Ile speake with no body: come inPatroclus, I'll speak with nobody. – Come in TC II.iii.68
with me Thersites. with me, Thersites. TC II.iii.69
Exit.Exit TC II.iii.69
Ther. THERSITES 
Here is such patcherie, such iugling, and Here is such patchery, such juggling, andpatchery (n.)
old form: patcherie
roguery, knavery, tricks
TC II.iii.70
juggling (n.)
old form: iugling
deceiving, cheating, trickery
such knauerie: all the argument is a Cuckold and asuch knavery! All the argument is a whore and aknavery (n.)
old form: knauerie
roguish trick, rouguery, trickery
TC II.iii.71
Whore, a good quarrel to draw emulations, factions, andcuckold; a good quarrel to draw emulous factions andemulous (adj.)rivalling, competing, emulatingTC II.iii.72
draw (v.)bring together, draw in, gather
cuckold (n.)[mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife
bleede to death vpon: Now the dry Suppeago on thebleed to death upon. Now the dry serpigo on theserpigo (n.)
old form: Suppeago
type of spreading skin disease
TC II.iii.73
Subiect, and Warre and Lecherie confound all.subject, and war and lechery confound all!confound (v.)destroy, overthrow, ruinTC II.iii.74

Exit TC II.iii.74
Enter Agamemnon, Vlisses, Nestor, Diomedes, Aiax, Enter Agamemnon, Ulysses, Nestor, Diomedes, Ajax, TC II.iii.75.1
and Chalcas.and Calchas TC II.iii.75.2
Agam. AGAMEMNON 
Where is Achilles?Where is Achilles? TC II.iii.75
Patr. PATROCLUS 
Within his Tent, but ill dispos'd my Lord.Within his tent, but ill-disposed, my lord.ill-disposed (adj.)
old form: ill dispos'd
indisposed, unwell, under the weather
TC II.iii.76
Agam. AGAMEMNON 
Let it be knowne to him that we are here:Let it be known to him that we are here. TC II.iii.77
He sent our Messengers, and we lay byHe shent our messengers, and we lay byshent (v.)insult, disgrace, shameTC II.iii.78
lay by (v.)lay aside, set aside, disregard
Our appertainments, visiting of him:Our appertainments, visiting of him.appertainments (n.)appurtenances, trappings, prerogativesTC II.iii.79
Let him be told of, so perchance he thinkeLet him be told so, lest perchance he thinkperchance (adv.)perhaps, maybeTC II.iii.80
We dare not moue the question of our place,We dare not move the question of our place,place (n.)position, post, office, rankTC II.iii.81
question (n.)point at issue, problem, business
move (v.)
old form: moue
raise, bring up, introduce
Or know not what we are.Or know not what we are. TC II.iii.82
Pat. PATROCLUS 
I shall so say to him.I shall say so to him. TC II.iii.83
Exit TC II.iii.83
Ulis. ULYSSES 
We saw him at the opening of his Tent,We saw him at the opening of his tent: TC II.iii.84
He is not sicke.He is not sick. TC II.iii.85
Aia. AJAX 
Yes, Lyon sicke, sicke of proud heart; you may call itYes, lion-sick, sick of proud heart; you may call it TC II.iii.86
Melancholly if will fauour the man, but by mymelancholy, if you will favour the man, but, by my TC II.iii.87
head, it is pride; but why, why, let him show vs thehead, 'tis pride: but why, why? Let him show us the TC II.iii.88
cause? A word my Lord.cause – a word, my lord. TC II.iii.89
He takes Agamemnon aside TC II.iii.90
Nes. NESTOR 
What moues Aiax thus to bay at him?What moves Ajax thus to bay at him? TC II.iii.90
Vlis. ULYSSES 
Achillis hath inueigled his Foole from him.Achilles hath inveigled his fool from him. TC II.iii.91
Nes. NESTOR 
Who, Thersites?Who, Thersites? TC II.iii.92
Vlis. ULYSSES 
He.He. TC II.iii.93
Nes. NESTOR 
Then will Aiax lacke matter, if he haue lost hisThen will Ajax lack matter, if he have lost hismatter (n.)subject-matter, content, substanceTC II.iii.94
Argument.argument.argument (n.)subject of conversation, subject-matter, topicTC II.iii.95
Vlis. ULYSSES 
No, you see he is his argument that has hisNo. You see, he is his argument that has his TC II.iii.96
argument Achilles.argument – Achilles.argument (n.)quarrel, dispute, point of contentionTC II.iii.97
Nes. NESTOR 
All the better, their fraction is more our wishAll the better: their fraction is more our wishfraction (n.)quarrelling, discord, dissensionTC II.iii.98
then their faction; but it was a strong counsell that a Foolethan their faction; but it was a strong composure a foolcomposure (n.)combination, bond, coming togetherTC II.iii.99
faction (n.)forming into a group
could disunite.could disunite. TC II.iii.100
Vlis. ULYSSES 
The amitie that wisedome knits, not folly mayThe amity that wisdom knits not, folly may TC II.iii.101
easily vntie. Here comes Patroclus.easily untie – here comes Patroclus. TC II.iii.102
Enter Patroclus.Enter Patroclus TC II.iii.103
Nes. NESTOR 
No Achilles with him?No Achilles with him. TC II.iii.103
Vlis. ULYSSES 
The Elephant hath ioynts, but none for curtesie:The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy;courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.)
old form: curtesie
curtsy, bow, gesture of respect
TC II.iii.104
His legge are legs for necessitie, not for flight.his legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.flexure (n.)bending [the knee or head], bowingTC II.iii.105
Patro. PATROCLUS 
Achilles bids me say he is much sorry:Achilles bids me say he is much sorry TC II.iii.106
If any thing more then your sport and pleasure,If anything more than your sport and pleasuresport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentTC II.iii.107
Did moue your greatnesse, and this noble State,Did move your greatness, and this noble state, TC II.iii.108
To call vpon him; he hopes it is no other,To call upon him; he hopes it is no other TC II.iii.109
But for your health, and your digestion sake;But for your health and your digestion sake, TC II.iii.110
An after Dinners breath.An after-dinner's breath.breath (n.)breathing-space, respiteTC II.iii.111.1
breath (n.)breather, exercising, breath of fresh air
Aga. AGAMEMNON 
Heare you Patroclus:Hear you, Patroclus: TC II.iii.111.2
We are too well acquainted with these answers:We are too well acquainted with these answers; TC II.iii.112
But his euasion winged thus swift with scorne,But his evasion, winged thus swift with scorn, TC II.iii.113
Cannot outflye our apprehensions.Cannot outfly our apprehensions.apprehension (n.)conception, grasping by the mind, awarenessTC II.iii.114
Much attribute he hath, and much the reason,Much attribute he hath, and much the reasonattribute (n.)reputation, credit, honourTC II.iii.115
Why we ascribe it to him, yet all his vertues,Why we ascribe it to him; yet all his virtues, TC II.iii.116
Not vertuously of his owne part beheld,Not virtuously of his own part beheld,behold (v.)observe, regard, maintainTC II.iii.117
Doe in our eyes, begin to loose their glosse;Do in our eyes begin to lose their gloss, TC II.iii.118
Yea, and like faire Fruit in an vnholdsome dish,Yea, like fair fruit in an unwholesome dish,unwholesome (adj.)
old form: vnholdsome
harmful, damaging, noxious
TC II.iii.119
Are like to rot vntasted: goe and tell him,Are like to rot untasted. Go and tell him TC II.iii.120
We came to speake with him; and you shall not sinne,We came to speak with him, and you shall not sin TC II.iii.121
If you doe say, we thinke him ouer proud,If you do say we think him over-proud TC II.iii.122
And vnder honest; in selfe-assumption greaterAnd under-honest, in self-assumption greaterself-assumption (n.)
old form: selfe-assumption
self-importance, arrogance, egotism
TC II.iii.123
under-honest (adj.)
old form: vnder honest
less than honourable
Then in the note of iudgement: & worthier then himselfeThan in the note of judgement; and worthier than himselfnote (n.)sign, mark, tokenTC II.iii.124
Here tends the sauage strangenesse he puts on,Here tend the savage strangeness he puts on,strangeness (n.)
old form: strangenesse
estrangement, disaffection, coldness, aloofness
TC II.iii.125
savage (adj.)
old form: sauage
boorish, uncivil, unsociable
tend (v.)attend, wait on, serve
Disguise the holy strength of their command:Disguise the holy strength of their command, TC II.iii.126
And vnder write in an obseruing kindeAnd underwrite in an observing kindobserving (adj.)
old form: obseruing
compliant, deferential, obsequious
TC II.iii.127
kind (n.)
old form: kinde
manner, way, state
His humorous predominance, yea watchHis humorous predominance – yea, watchpredominance (n.)ascendancy, predominant influence, authorityTC II.iii.128
humorous (adj.)capricious, moody, temperamental
His pettish lines, his ebs, his flowes, as ifHis pettish lunes, his ebbs, his flows, as ifpettish (adj.)petulant, peevish, bad-humouredTC II.iii.129
lune (n.)frenzied fit, tantrum, mad outburst
The passage and whole carriage of this actionThe passage and whole carriage of this actionpassage (n.)incident, occurrence, event, happeningTC II.iii.130
carriage (n.)conduct, management, course of action
Rode on his tyde. Goe tell him this, and adde,Rode on his tide. Go tell him this; and add TC II.iii.131
That if he ouerhold his price so much,That if he overhold his price so much,overhold (v.)
old form: ouerhold
overestimate, overvalue, rate too highly
TC II.iii.132
Weele none of him; but let him, like an EnginWe'll none of him; but let him, like an engineengine (n.)
old form: Engin
weapon, instrument of warfare
TC II.iii.133
Not portable, lye vnder this report.Not portable, lie under this report:portable (adj.)bearable, supportable, endurableTC II.iii.134
lie under (v.)
old form: lye vnder
be subject to, suffer the consequence of
Bring action hither, this cannot goe to warre:‘ Bring action hither; this cannot go to war. TC II.iii.135
A stirring Dwarfe, we doe allowance giue,A stirring dwarf we do allowance givestirring (adj.)busy, bustling, activeTC II.iii.136
allowance (n.)regard, respect, reputation
Before a sleeping Gyant: tell him so.Before a sleeping giant.’ Tell him so. TC II.iii.137
Pat. PATROCLUS 
I shall, and bring his answere presently.I shall, and bring his answer presently.presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceTC II.iii.138
Exit TC II.iii.138
Aga.AGAMEMNON 
In second voyce weele not be satisfied,In second voice we'll not be satisfied;second (adj.)using a deputy, surrogate, proxyTC II.iii.139
We come to speake with him, Ulisses enter you.We come to speak with him. Ulysses, enter you. TC II.iii.140
Exit Vlisses.Exit Ulysses TC II.iii.140
Aiax. AJAX 
What is he more then another?What is he more than another? TC II.iii.141
Aga. AGAMEMNON 
No more then what he thinkes he is.No more than what he thinks he is. TC II.iii.142
Aia. AJAX 
Is he so much, doe you not thinke, he thinkes himselfeIs he so much? Do you not think he thinks himself a TC II.iii.143
a better man then I am?better man than I am? TC II.iii.144
Ag. AGAMEMNON 
No question.No question. TC II.iii.145
Aiax. AJAX 
Will you subscribe his thought, and say he is?Will you subscribe his thought, and say he is?subscribe (v.)make acknowledgement of, admit toTC II.iii.146
Ag. AGAMEMNON 
No, Noble Aiax, you are as strong, asNo, noble Ajax; you are as strong, as TC II.iii.147
valiant, as wise, no lesse noble, much more gentle, andvaliant, as wise, no less noble, much more gentle, andgentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleTC II.iii.148
altogether more tractable.altogether more tractable.tractable (adj.)compliant, manageable, governableTC II.iii.149
Aiax. AJAX 
Why should a man be proud? How doth prideWhy should a man be proud? How doth pride TC II.iii.150
grow? I know not what it is.grow? I know not what it is. TC II.iii.151
Aga. AGAMEMNON 
Your minde is the cleerer Aiax, and yourYour mind is the clearer, Ajax, and your TC II.iii.152
vertues the fairer; he that is proud, eates vp himselfe;virtues the fairer. He that is proud eats up himself. TC II.iii.153
Pride is his owne Glasse, his owne trumpet, his ownePride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his ownglass (n.)
old form: Glasse
mirror, looking-glass
TC II.iii.154
Chronicle, and what euer praises it selfe but in the deede,chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, TC II.iii.155
deuoures the deede in the praise.devours the deed in the praise. TC II.iii.156
Enter Ulysses.Enter Ulysses TC II.iii.157.1
Aiax. AJAX 
I do hate a proud man, as I hate the ingendring ofI do hate a proud man as I hate the engendering ofengendering (n.)
old form: ingendring
begetting, breeding, multiplying
TC II.iii.157
Toades.toads. TC II.iii.158
Nest. NESTOR  
(aside) TC II.iii.159
Yet he loues himselfe: is't not strange?And yet he loves himself; is't not strange? TC II.iii.159
Vlis. ULYSSES 
Achilles will not to the field to morrow.Achilles will not to the field tomorrow.field (n.)field of battle, battleground, field of combatTC II.iii.160
Ag. AGAMEMNON 
What's his excuse?What's his excuse? TC II.iii.161.1
Vlis. ULYSSES 
He doth relye on none,He doth rely on none, TC II.iii.161.2
But carries on the streame of his dispose,But carries on the stream of his dispose,dispose (n.)disposition, manner, bearingTC II.iii.162
Without obseruance or respect of any,Without observance or respect of any,observance (n.)
old form: obseruance
proper attention, attentiveness, heed
TC II.iii.163
respect (n.)regard, admiration, favour, opinion
In will peculiar, and in selfe admission.In will peculiar and in self-admission.peculiar (adj.)particular, private, personalTC II.iii.164
self-admission (n.)
old form: selfe admission
self-admiration, self-centredness
will (n.)wilfulness, self-will, determination
Aga. AGAMEMNON 
Why, will he not vpon our faire request,Why will he not, upon our fair request, TC II.iii.165
Vntent his person, and share the ayre with vs?Untent his person, and share the air with us?untent (v.)
old form: Vntent
remove from a tent
TC II.iii.166
Vlis. ULYSSES 
Things small as nothing, for requests sake onelyThings small as nothing, for request's sake only, TC II.iii.167
He makes important; possest he is with greatnesse,He makes important. Possessed he is with greatness, TC II.iii.168
And speakes not to himselfe, but with a prideAnd speaks not to himself but with a pride TC II.iii.169
That quarrels at selfe-breath. Imagin'd wrothThat quarrels at self-breath. Imagined worth TC II.iii.170
Holds in his bloud such swolne and hot discourse,Holds in his blood such swollen and hot discoursehot (adj.)enthusiastic, ardent, eager, keenTC II.iii.171
discourse (n.)course, process, manner
That twixt his mentall and his actiue parts,That 'twixt his mental and his active parts TC II.iii.172
Kingdom'd Achilles in commotion rages,Kingdomed Achilles in commotion rages,commotion (n.)perturbation, agitation, disturbed excitementTC II.iii.173
kingdomed (adj.)
old form: Kingdom'd
constituted as a kingdom
And batters gainst it selfe; what should I say?And batters down himself. What should I say? TC II.iii.174
He is so plaguy proud, that the death tokens of it,He is so plaguy proud that the death-tokens of itdeath-token
old form: death tokens
fatal symptom, death-like sign
TC II.iii.175
plaguy (adv.)confoundedly, insufferably, pestilently
Cry no recouery.Cry ‘ No recovery.’ TC II.iii.176.1
Ag. AGAMEMNON 
Let Aiax goe to him.Let Ajax go to him. –  TC II.iii.176.2
Deare Lord, goe you and greete him in his Tent;Dear lord, go you and greet him in his tent; TC II.iii.177
'Tis said he holds you well, and will be led'Tis said he holds you well, and will be led,hold (v.)consider, regard, esteem, value [as]TC II.iii.178
At your request a little from himselfe.At your request, a little from himself. TC II.iii.179
Vlis. ULYSSES 
O Agamemnon, let it not be so.O Agamemnon, let it not be so! TC II.iii.180
Weele consecrate the steps that Aiax makes,We'll consecrate the steps that Ajax makes TC II.iii.181
When they goe from Achilles; shall the proud Lord,When they go from Achilles. Shall the proud lord, TC II.iii.182
That bastes his arrogance with his owne seame,That bastes his arrogance with his own seam,seam (n.)
old form: seame
grease, fat
TC II.iii.183
And neuer suffers matter of the world,And never suffers matter of the worldmatter (n.)affair(s), business, real issueTC II.iii.184
suffer (v.)allow, permit, let
Enter his thoughts: saue such as doe reuolueEnter his thoughts, save such as do revolverevolve (v.)
old form: reuolue
consider, ponder, meditate
TC II.iii.185
And ruminate himselfe. Shall he be worshipt,And ruminate himself – shall he be worshipped TC II.iii.186
Of that we hold an Idoll, more then hee?Of that we hold an idol more than he? TC II.iii.187
No, this thrice worthy and right valiant Lord,No; this thrice-worthy and right valiant lord TC II.iii.188
Must not so staule his Palme, nobly acquir'd,Must not so stale his palm, nobly acquired,palm (n.)
old form: Palme
praise, honour, esteem
TC II.iii.189
stale (v.)
old form: staule
depreciate, make cheap, lower the dignity of
Nor by my will assubiugate his merit,Nor, by my will, assubjugate his merit – assubjugate (v.)
old form: assubiugate
reduce to subjugation, demean, debase
TC II.iii.190
As amply titled as Achilles is:As amply titled as Achilles' is –  TC II.iii.191
by going to Achilles,By going to Achilles: TC II.iii.192
That were to enlard his fat already, pride,That were to enlard his fat-already pride,enlard (v.)smear with grease, add fatty juice toTC II.iii.193
And adde more Coles to Cancer, when he burnesAnd add more coals to Cancer when he burnsCancer (n.)fourth sign of the zodiac, associated with heatTC II.iii.194
With entertaining great Hiperion.With entertaining great Hyperion.entertain (v.)cherish, harbour, welcomeTC II.iii.195
Hyperion (n.)[pron: hiy'peerion] Greek god, son of Uranus and Gaia, who fathered the Sun, Moon, and Dawn; often, the Sun itself, with a horse-drawn chariot
This L. goe to him? Iupiter forbid,This lord go to him? Jupiter forbid,Jupiter, Jove (n.)Roman supreme god; associated with the heavens and the weather, especially thunder and lightning; husband of JunoTC II.iii.196
And say in thunder, Achilles goe to him.And say in thunder: ‘ Achilles go to him.’ TC II.iii.197
Nest. NESTOR  
(aside) TC II.iii.198.1
O this is well, he rubs the veine of him.O, this is well; he rubs the vein of him.vein (n.)
old form: veine
state of mind, motive, mood
TC II.iii.198
rub (v.)stir up, encourage, stimulate
Dio.DIOMEDES  
(aside) TC II.iii.199
And how his silence drinkes vp this applause.And how his silence drinks up this applause. TC II.iii.199
Aia. AJAX 
If I goe to him, with my armed fist,If I go to him, with my armed fist TC II.iii.200
Ile pash him ore the face.I'll pash him o'er the face.pash (v.)strike, smash, knockTC II.iii.201
Ag. AGAMEMNON 
O no, you shall not goe.O, no, you shall not go. TC II.iii.202
Aia. AJAX 
And a be proud with me, ile phese his pride:An 'a be proud with me, I'll pheeze his pride;pheeze, feeze (v.)
old form: phese
do for, settle the hash of, fix
TC II.iii.203
and, an (conj.)if, whether
let me goe to him.Let me go to him. TC II.iii.204
Ulis. ULYSSES 
Not for the worth that hangs vpon our quarrel.Not for the worth that hangs upon our quarrel. TC II.iii.205
Aia. AJAX 
A paultry insolent fellow.A paltry, insolent fellow! TC II.iii.206
Nest. NESTOR  
(aside) TC II.iii.207
How he describes himselfe.How he describes himself! TC II.iii.207
Aia. AJAX 
Can he not be sociable?Can he not be sociable? TC II.iii.208
Vlis. ULYSSES  
(aside) TC II.iii.209.1
The Rauen chides blacknesse.The raven chides blackness.chide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveTC II.iii.209
Aia. AJAX 
Ile let his humours bloud.I'll let his humours' blood.let blood
old form: bloud
bleed [as a medical treatment]
TC II.iii.210
humour (n.)mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
Ag. AGAMEMNON  
(aside) TC II.iii.211
He will be the Physitian that He will be the physician that TC II.iii.211
should be the patient.should be the patient. TC II.iii.212
Aia. AJAX 
And all men were a my minde.An all men were o' my mind – and, an (conj.)if, whetherTC II.iii.213
Vlis. ULYSSES  
(aside) TC II.iii.214.1
Wit would be out of fashion.Wit would be out of fashion.wit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityTC II.iii.214
Aia. AJAX 
A should not beare it so, a should eate Swords first: – 'a should not bear it so, 'a should eat swords first; TC II.iii.215
shall pride carry it?shall pride carry it?carry it (away)[from a falconry term ‘to fly away with the game’] win the day, have the advantage, succeedTC II.iii.216
Nest. NESTOR  
(aside) TC II.iii.217.1
And 'twould, you'ld carry halfe.An 'twould, you'd carry half.and, an (conj.)if, whetherTC II.iii.217
Ulis. ULYSSES  
(aside) TC II.iii.218
A would haue ten shares.'A would have ten shares. TC II.iii.218
Aia. AJAX 
I will knede him, Ile make him supple,I will knead him; I'll make him supple. TC II.iii.219
Nest. NESTOR  
(aside) TC II.iii.220.1
hee's not yet through warme. / Force himHe's not yet through warm. Force himfarce, force (v.)stuff, cramTC II.iii.220
through (adv.)thoroughly
with praises, poure in, poure in: his ambition is dry.with praises, pour in, pour in; his ambition is dry.dry (adj.)dried, withered, shrivelledTC II.iii.221
Vlis. ULYSSES  
(to Agamemnon) TC II.iii.222.1
My L. you feede too much on this dislike.My lord, you feed too much on this dislike.dislike (n.)discord, disagreement, dissensionTC II.iii.222
Nest. NESTOR 
Our noble Generall, doe not doe so.Our noble general, do not do so. TC II.iii.223
Diom. DIOMEDES 
You must prepare to fight without Achilles.You must prepare to fight without Achilles. TC II.iii.224
Vlis. ULYSSES 
Why, 'tis this naming of him doth him harme.Why, 'tis this naming of him does him harm. TC II.iii.225
Here is a man, but 'tis before his face,Here is a man – but 'tis before his face; TC II.iii.226
I will be silent.I will be silent. TC II.iii.227.1
Nest. NESTOR 
Wherefore should you so?Wherefore should you so? TC II.iii.227.2
He is not emulous, as Achilles is.He is not emulous, as Achilles is.emulous (adj.)envious, filled with rivalry, greedy for praiseTC II.iii.228
Vlis. ULYSSES 
'Know the whole world, he is as valiant.Know the whole world, he is as valiant. TC II.iii.229
Aia. AJAX 
A horson dog, that shal palter thus with vs,A whoreson dog, that shall palter thus with us!whoreson (adj.)
old form: horson
[abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile
TC II.iii.230
palter (v.)prevaricate, deal evasively [with], quibble
would he were a Troian.Would he were a Trojan! TC II.iii.231
Nest. NESTOR 
What a vice were it in Aiax now---What a vice were it in Ajax now –  TC II.iii.232
Ulis. ULYSSES 
If he were proud.If he were proud –  TC II.iii.233
Dio. DIOMEDES 
Or couetous of praise.Or covetous of praise –  TC II.iii.234
Vlis. ULYSSES 
I, or surley borne.Ay, or surly borne – borne (adj.)behaved, conducted, manneredTC II.iii.235
Dio. DIOMEDES 
Or strange, or selfe affected.Or strange, or self-affected.strange (adj.)aloof, distant, reservedTC II.iii.236
self-affected (adj.)
old form: selfe affected
self-loving, egotistical, conceited
Vl. ULYSSES 
Thank the heauens L. thou art of sweet composure;Thank the heavens, lord, thou art of sweet composure;composure (n.)character, temperament, make-upTC II.iii.237
Praise him that got thee, she that gaue thee sucke:Praise him that got thee, she that gave thee suck.get (v.)beget, conceive, breedTC II.iii.238
Fame be thy Tutor, and thy parts of natureFamed be thy tutor, and thy parts of naturepart (n.)quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]TC II.iii.239
Thrice fam'd beyond, beyond all erudition;Thrice-famed beyond, beyond all erudition;thrice-famed (adj.)
old form: Thrice fam'd
most famous
TC II.iii.240
But he that disciplin'd thy armes to fight,But he that disciplined thine arms to fight,discipline (v.)
old form: disciplin'd
teach, train, instruct
TC II.iii.241
Let Mars deuide Eternity in twaine,Let Mars divide eternity in twain,Mars (n.)Roman god of warTC II.iii.242
And giue him halfe, and for thy vigour,And give him half; and for thy vigour, TC II.iii.243
Bull-bearing Milo: his addition yeeldeBull-bearing Milo his addition yieldMilo (n.)[pron: 'miyloh] Greek athlete, 6th-c BC, who carried an ox around the stadium at Olympia then ate it all in a single dayTC II.iii.244
addition (n.)title, name
To sinnowie Aiax: I will not praise thy wisdome,To sinewy Ajax. I will not praise thy wisdom,sinewy (adj.)
old form: sinnowie
muscular, well-developed, brawny
TC II.iii.245
Which like a bourne, a pale, a shore confinesWhich, like a bourn, a pale, a shore, confinespale (n.)fence, paling, enclosureTC II.iii.246
bourn (n.)
old form: bourne
frontier, destination, boundary
Thy spacious and dilated parts; here's NestorThy spacious and dilated parts. Here's Nestor,dilated (adj.)ample, extensive, diffuseTC II.iii.247
part (n.)quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
Instructed by the Antiquary times:Instructed by the antiquary times;antiquary (adj.)ancient, olden, formerTC II.iii.248
He must, he is, he cannot but be wise.He must, he is, he cannot but be wise –  TC II.iii.249
But pardon Father Nestor, were your dayesPut pardon, father Nestor, were your days TC II.iii.250
As greene as Aiax, and your braine so temper'd,As green as Ajax', and your brain so tempered,green (adj.)
old form: greene
youthful, inexperienced, immature
TC II.iii.251
temper (v.)
old form: temper'd
mould, shape, work, bring [to a particular character]
You should not haue the eminence of him,You should not have the eminence of him,eminence (n.)superiority, mastery, advantageTC II.iii.252
But be as Aiax.But be as Ajax. TC II.iii.253.1
Aia. AJAX  
(to Nestor) TC II.iii.253
Shall I call you Father?Shall I call you father? TC II.iii.253.2
Ulis. NESTOR 
I my good Sonne.Ay, my good son. TC II.iii.254.1
Dio. DIOMEDES 
Be rul'd by him Lord Aiax.Be ruled by him, Lord Ajax. TC II.iii.254.2
Vlis. ULYSSES 
There is no tarrying here, the Hart AchillesThere is no tarrying here; the hart Achillestarrying (n.)waiting, delaying, lingeringTC II.iii.255
Keepes thicket: please it our Generall,Keeps thicket. Please it our great generalkeep (v.)
old form: Keepes
stay within, remain inside
TC II.iii.256
thicket (n.)densely wooded area
To call together all his state of warre,To call together all his state of war; TC II.iii.257
Fresh Kings are come to Troy; to morrowFresh kings are come to Troy. Tomorrow TC II.iii.258
We must with all our maine of power stand fast:We must with all our main of power stand fast,main (n.)
old form: maine
strength, force, full might
TC II.iii.259
power (n.)armed force, troops, host, army
And here's a Lord, come Knights from East to West,And here's a lord – come knights from east to west, TC II.iii.260
And cull their flowre, Aiax shall cope the best.And cull their flower, Ajax shall cope the best.cope, cope with (v.)be a match for, stand up toTC II.iii.261
cull (v.)select, pick out, choose
Ag. AGAMEMNON 
Goe we to Counsaile, let Achilles sleepe;Go we to council. Let Achilles sleep; TC II.iii.262
Light Botes may saile swift, though greater bulkes draw deepe. Light boats sail swift, though greater hulks draw deep.hulk (n.)ship, vesselTC II.iii.263
Exeunt.Exeunt TC II.iii.263
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