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Troilus and Cressida

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Act V, Scene 6

Another part of the plains.


[Enter AJAX]

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


  • Diomedes. Troilus, I say! where's Troilus?
  • Ajax. What wouldst thou? 3515
  • Ajax. Were I the general, thou shouldst have my office
    Ere that correction. Troilus, I say! what, Troilus!


  • Troilus. O traitor Diomed! turn thy false face, thou traitor, 3520
    And pay thy life thou owest me for my horse!
  • Ajax. I'll fight with him alone: stand, Diomed.
  • Diomedes. He is my prize; I will not look upon.
  • Troilus. Come, both you cogging Greeks; have at you both! 3525

[Exeunt, fighting]

[Enter HECTOR]

  • Hector. Yea, Troilus? O, well fought, my youngest brother!


  • Achilles. Now do I see thee, ha! have at thee, Hector! 3530
  • Achilles. I do disdain thy courtesy, proud Trojan:
    Be happy that my arms are out of use:
    My rest and negligence befriends thee now,
    But thou anon shalt hear of me again; 3535
    Till when, go seek thy fortune.


  • Hector. Fare thee well:
    I would have been much more a fresher man,
    Had I expected thee. How now, my brother! 3540

[Re-enter TROILUS]

  • Troilus. Ajax hath ta'en AEneas: shall it be?
    No, by the flame of yonder glorious heaven,
    He shall not carry him: I'll be ta'en too,
    Or bring him off: fate, hear me what I say! 3545
    I reck not though I end my life to-day.


[Enter one in sumptuous armour]

  • Hector. Stand, stand, thou Greek; thou art a goodly mark:
    No? wilt thou not? I like thy armour well; 3550
    I'll frush it and unlock the rivets all,
    But I'll be master of it: wilt thou not,
    beast, abide?
    Why, then fly on, I'll hunt thee for thy hide.