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

Total: 8

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Cressida. Who were those went by?

Alexander. Queen Hecuba and Helen.



Cressida. And whither go they?

Alexander. Up to the eastern tower,
Whose height commands as subject all the vale,
To see the battle. Hector, whose patience
Is, as a virtue, fix'd, to-day was moved:
He chid Andromache and struck his armourer,
And, like as there were husbandry in war,
Before the sun rose he was harness'd light,
And to the field goes he; where every flower
Did, as a prophet, weep what it foresaw
In Hector's wrath.



Cressida. What was his cause of anger?

Alexander. The noise goes, this: there is among the Greeks
A lord of Trojan blood, nephew to Hector;
They call him Ajax.



Cressida. Good; and what of him?

Alexander. They say he is a very man per se,
And stands alone.



Cressida. So do all men, unless they are drunk, sick, or have no legs.

Alexander. This man, lady, hath robbed many beasts of their
particular additions; he is as valiant as the lion,
churlish as the bear, slow as the elephant: a man
into whom nature hath so crowded humours that his
valour is crushed into folly, his folly sauced with
discretion: there is no man hath a virtue that he
hath not a glimpse of, nor any man an attaint but he
carries some stain of it: he is melancholy without
cause, and merry against the hair: he hath the
joints of every thing, but everything so out of joint
that he is a gouty Briareus, many hands and no use,
or purblind Argus, all eyes and no sight.



Cressida. But how should this man, that makes
me smile, make Hector angry?

Alexander. They say he yesterday coped Hector in the battle and
struck him down, the disdain and shame whereof hath
ever since kept Hector fasting and waking.



Cressida. Who comes here?

Alexander. Madam, your uncle Pandarus.



Cressida. Hector's a gallant man.

Alexander. As may be in the world, lady.

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