Speeches (Lines) for Ajax
in "Troilus and Cressida"

Total: 55

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1

II,1,858

(stage directions). [Enter AJAX and THERSITES]

Ajax. Thersites!


2

II,1,861

Thersites. Agamemnon, how if he had boils? full, all over,
generally?

Ajax. Thersites!


3

II,1,864

Thersites. And those boils did run? say so: did not the
general run then? were not that a botchy core?

Ajax. Dog!


4

II,1,866

Thersites. Then would come some matter from him; I see none now.

Ajax. Thou bitch-wolf's son, canst thou not hear?
[Beating him]
Feel, then.


5

II,1,871

Thersites. The plague of Greece upon thee, thou mongrel
beef-witted lord!

Ajax. Speak then, thou vinewedst leaven, speak: I will
beat thee into handsomeness.


6

II,1,877

Thersites. I shall sooner rail thee into wit and holiness: but,
I think, thy horse will sooner con an oration than
thou learn a prayer without book. Thou canst strike,
canst thou? a red murrain o' thy jade's tricks!

Ajax. Toadstool, learn me the proclamation.


7

II,1,879

Thersites. Dost thou think I have no sense, thou strikest me thus?

Ajax. The proclamation!


8

II,1,881

Thersites. Thou art proclaimed a fool, I think.

Ajax. Do not, porpentine, do not: my fingers itch.


9

II,1,886

Thersites. I would thou didst itch from head to foot and I had
the scratching of thee; I would make thee the
loathsomest scab in Greece. When thou art forth in
the incursions, thou strikest as slow as another.

Ajax. I say, the proclamation!


10

II,1,891

Thersites. Thou grumblest and railest every hour on Achilles,
and thou art as full of envy at his greatness as
Cerberus is at Proserpine's beauty, ay, that thou
barkest at him.

Ajax. Mistress Thersites!


11

II,1,893

Thersites. Thou shouldest strike him.

Ajax. Cobloaf!


12

II,1,896

Thersites. He would pun thee into shivers with his fist, as a
sailor breaks a biscuit.

Ajax. [Beating him] You whoreson cur!


13

II,1,898

Thersites. Do, do.

Ajax. Thou stool for a witch!


14

II,1,907

Thersites. Ay, do, do; thou sodden-witted lord! thou hast no
more brain than I have in mine elbows; an assinego
may tutor thee: thou scurvy-valiant ass! thou art
here but to thrash Trojans; and thou art bought and
sold among those of any wit, like a barbarian slave.
If thou use to beat me, I will begin at thy heel, and
tell what thou art by inches, thou thing of no
bowels, thou!

Ajax. You dog!


15

II,1,909

Thersites. You scurvy lord!

Ajax. [Beating him] You cur!


16

II,1,924

Thersites. Ay, but that fool knows not himself.

Ajax. Therefore I beat thee.


17

II,1,944

Thersites. I would have peace and quietness, but the fool will
not: he there: that he: look you there.

Ajax. O thou damned cur! I shall—


18

II,1,949

Achilles. What's the quarrel?

Ajax. I bade the vile owl go learn me the tenor of the
proclamation, and he rails upon me.


19

II,1,952

Thersites. I serve thee not.

Ajax. Well, go to, go to.


20

II,1,967

Thersites. Yes, good sooth: to, Achilles! to, Ajax! to!

Ajax. I shall cut out your tongue.


21

II,1,984

Achilles. Marry, this, sir, is proclaim'd through all our host:
That Hector, by the fifth hour of the sun,
Will with a trumpet 'twixt our tents and Troy
To-morrow morning call some knight to arms
That hath a stomach; and such a one that dare
Maintain—I know not what: 'tis trash. Farewell.

Ajax. Farewell. Who shall answer him?


22

II,1,987

Achilles. I know not: 'tis put to lottery; otherwise
He knew his man.

Ajax. O, meaning you. I will go learn more of it.


23

II,3,1303

Ulysses. We saw him at the opening of his tent:
He is not sick.

Ajax. Yes, lion-sick, sick of proud heart: you may call it
melancholy, if you will favour the man; but, by my
head, 'tis pride: but why, why? let him show us the
cause. A word, my lord.


24

II,3,1363

(stage directions). [Exit ULYSSES]

Ajax. What is he more than another?


25

II,3,1365

Agamemnon. No more than what he thinks he is.

Ajax. Is he so much? Do you not think he thinks himself a
better man than I am?


26

II,3,1368

Agamemnon. No question.

Ajax. Will you subscribe his thought, and say he is?


27

II,3,1372

Agamemnon. No, noble Ajax; you are as strong, as valiant, as
wise, no less noble, much more gentle, and altogether
more tractable.

Ajax. Why should a man be proud? How doth pride grow? I
know not what pride is.


28

II,3,1379

Agamemnon. Your mind is the clearer, Ajax, and your virtues the
fairer. He that is proud eats up himself: pride is
his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle;
and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours
the deed in the praise.

Ajax. I do hate a proud man, as I hate the engendering of toads.


29

II,3,1426

Diomedes. [Aside to NESTOR] And how his silence drinks up
this applause!

Ajax. If I go to him, with my armed fist I'll pash him o'er the face.


30

II,3,1428

Agamemnon. O, no, you shall not go.

Ajax. An a' be proud with me, I'll pheeze his pride:
Let me go to him.


31

II,3,1431

Ulysses. Not for the worth that hangs upon our quarrel.

Ajax. A paltry, insolent fellow!


32

II,3,1433

Nestor. How he describes himself!

Ajax. Can he not be sociable?


33

II,3,1435

Ulysses. The raven chides blackness.

Ajax. I'll let his humours blood.


34

II,3,1437

Agamemnon. He will be the physician that should be the patient.

Ajax. An all men were o' my mind,—


35

II,3,1439

Ulysses. Wit would be out of fashion.

Ajax. A' should not bear it so, a' should eat swords first:
shall pride carry it?


36

II,3,1443

Ulysses. A' would have ten shares.

Ajax. I will knead him; I'll make him supple.


37

II,3,1455

Ulysses. Know the whole world, he is as valiant.

Ajax. A whoreson dog, that shall pelter thus with us!
Would he were a Trojan!


38

II,3,1479

Ulysses. Thank the heavens, lord, thou art of sweet composure;
Praise him that got thee, she that gave thee suck:
Famed be thy tutor, and thy parts of nature
Thrice famed, beyond all erudition:
But he that disciplined thy arms to fight,
Let Mars divide eternity in twain,
And give him half: and, for thy vigour,
Bull-bearing Milo his addition yield
To sinewy Ajax. I will not praise thy wisdom,
Which, like a bourn, a pale, a shore, confines
Thy spacious and dilated parts: here's Nestor;
Instructed by the antiquary times,
He must, he is, he cannot but be wise:
Put pardon, father Nestor, were your days
As green as Ajax' and your brain so temper'd,
You should not have the eminence of him,
But be as Ajax.

Ajax. Shall I call you father?


39

III,3,1935

Achilles. What, does the cuckold scorn me?

Ajax. How now, Patroclus!


40

III,3,1937

Achilles. Good morrow, Ajax.

Ajax. Ha?


41

III,3,1939

Achilles. Good morrow.

Ajax. Ay, and good next day too.


42

IV,5,2601

Agamemnon. Here art thou in appointment fresh and fair,
Anticipating time with starting courage.
Give with thy trumpet a loud note to Troy,
Thou dreadful Ajax; that the appalled air
May pierce the head of the great combatant
And hale him hither.

Ajax. Thou, trumpet, there's my purse.
Now crack thy lungs, and split thy brazen pipe:
Blow, villain, till thy sphered bias cheek
Outswell the colic of puff'd Aquilon:
Come, stretch thy chest and let thy eyes spout blood;
Thou blow'st for Hector.


43

IV,5,2737

Aeneas. Princes, enough, so please you.

Ajax. I am not warm yet; let us fight again.


44

IV,5,2759

Hector. Why, then will I no more:
Thou art, great lord, my father's sister's son,
A cousin-german to great Priam's seed;
The obligation of our blood forbids
A gory emulation 'twixt us twain:
Were thy commixtion Greek and Trojan so
That thou couldst say 'This hand is Grecian all,
And this is Trojan; the sinews of this leg
All Greek, and this all Troy; my mother's blood
Runs on the dexter cheek, and this sinister
Bounds in my father's;' by Jove multipotent,
Thou shouldst not bear from me a Greekish member
Wherein my sword had not impressure made
Of our rank feud: but the just gods gainsay
That any drop thou borrow'dst from thy mother,
My sacred aunt, should by my mortal sword
Be drain'd! Let me embrace thee, Ajax:
By him that thunders, thou hast lusty arms;
Hector would have them fall upon him thus:
Cousin, all honour to thee!

Ajax. I thank thee, Hector
Thou art too gentle and too free a man:
I came to kill thee, cousin, and bear hence
A great addition earned in thy death.


45

IV,5,2771

Hector. We'll answer it;
The issue is embracement: Ajax, farewell.

Ajax. If I might in entreaties find success—
As seld I have the chance—I would desire
My famous cousin to our Grecian tents.


46

IV,5,2781

Hector. AEneas, call my brother Troilus to me,
And signify this loving interview
To the expecters of our Trojan part;
Desire them home. Give me thy hand, my cousin;
I will go eat with thee and see your knights.

Ajax. Great Agamemnon comes to meet us here.


47

IV,5,2890

Hector. Wert thou an oracle to tell me so,
I'd not believe thee. Henceforth guard thee well;
For I'll not kill thee there, nor there, nor there;
But, by the forge that stithied Mars his helm,
I'll kill thee every where, yea, o'er and o'er.
You wisest Grecians, pardon me this brag;
His insolence draws folly from my lips;
But I'll endeavour deeds to match these words,
Or may I never—

Ajax. Do not chafe thee, cousin:
And you, Achilles, let these threats alone,
Till accident or purpose bring you to't:
You may have every day enough of Hector
If you have stomach; the general state, I fear,
Can scarce entreat you to be odd with him.


48

V,1,3002

Agamemnon. We go wrong, we go wrong.

Ajax. No, yonder 'tis;
There, where we see the lights.


49

V,1,3005

Hector. I trouble you.

Ajax. No, not a whit.


50

V,5,3501

(stage directions). [Enter AJAX]

Ajax. Troilus! thou coward Troilus!


51

V,6,3512

(stage directions). [Enter AJAX]

Ajax. Troilus, thou coward Troilus, show thy head!


52

V,6,3515

Diomedes. Troilus, I say! where's Troilus?

Ajax. What wouldst thou?


53

V,6,3517

Diomedes. I would correct him.

Ajax. Were I the general, thou shouldst have my office
Ere that correction. Troilus, I say! what, Troilus!


54

V,6,3523

Diomedes. Ha, art thou there?

Ajax. I'll fight with him alone: stand, Diomed.


55

V,9,3624

Diomedes. The bruit is, Hector's slain, and by Achilles.

Ajax. If it be so, yet bragless let it be;
Great Hector was a man as good as he.


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