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Troilus and Cressida

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Act V, Scene 7

Another part of the plains.


[Enter ACHILLES, with Myrmidons]

  • Achilles. Come here about me, you my Myrmidons;
    Mark what I say. Attend me where I wheel:
    Strike not a stroke, but keep yourselves in breath:
    And when I have the bloody Hector found, 3560
    Empale him with your weapons round about;
    In fellest manner execute your aims.
    Follow me, sirs, and my proceedings eye:
    It is decreed Hector the great must die.
    [Exeunt] 3565
    [Enter MENELAUS and PARIS, fighting:]
    then THERSITES]
  • Thersites. The cuckold and the cuckold-maker are at it. Now,
    bull! now, dog! 'Loo, Paris, 'loo! now my double-
    henned sparrow! 'loo, Paris, 'loo! The bull has the 3570
    game: ware horns, ho!



  • Margarelon. Turn, slave, and fight.
  • Thersites. What art thou? 3575
  • Margarelon. A bastard son of Priam's.
  • Thersites. I am a bastard too; I love bastards: I am a bastard
    begot, bastard instructed, bastard in mind, bastard
    in valour, in every thing illegitimate. One bear will
    not bite another, and wherefore should one bastard? 3580
    Take heed, the quarrel's most ominous to us: if the
    son of a whore fight for a whore, he tempts judgment:
    farewell, bastard.


  • Margarelon. The devil take thee, coward! 3585