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Troilus and Cressida: Act 5, Scene 3

Troilus and Cressida
Act 5, Scene 3

Troy. Before Priam’s palace.

  1. Enter Hector and Andromache.

Andromache

2 - 4
  1. When was my lord so much ungently temper’d
  2. To stop his ears against admonishment?
  3. Unarm, unarm, and do not fight today.

Hector

5 - 6
  1. You train me to offend you, get you in.
  2. By all the everlasting gods, I’ll go!

Andromache

7
  1. My dreams will sure prove ominous to the day.

Hector

8
  1. No more, I say.
  1. Enter Cassandra.

Cassandra

10
  1.                 Where is my brother Hector?

Andromache

11 - 15
  1. Here, sister, arm’d, and bloody in intent.
  2. Consort with me in loud and dear petition,
  3. Pursue we him on knees; for I have dreamt
  4. Of bloody turbulence, and this whole night
  5. Hath nothing been but shapes and forms of slaughter.

Cassandra

16
  1. O, ’tis true.

Hector

17
  1.               Ho! Bid my trumpet sound!

Cassandra

18
  1. No notes of sally, for the heavens, sweet brother.

Hector

19
  1. Be gone, I say, the gods have heard me swear.

Cassandra

20 - 22
  1. The gods are deaf to hot and peevish vows;
  2. They are polluted off’rings, more abhorr’d
  3. Than spotted livers in the sacrifice.

Andromache

23 - 26
  1. O, be persuaded! Do not count it holy
  2. To hurt by being just; it is as lawful,
  3. For we would give much, to use violent thefts,
  4. And rob in the behalf of charity.

Cassandra

27 - 29
  1. It is the purpose that makes strong the vow,
  2. But vows to every purpose must not hold;
  3. Unarm, sweet Hector.

Hector

30 - 35
  1.                      Hold you still, I say;
  2. Mine honor keeps the weather of my fate.
  3. Life every man holds dear, but the dear man
  4. Holds honor far more precious-dear than life.
  5. Enter Troilus.
  6. How now, young man, meanest thou to fight today?

Andromache

36
  1. Cassandra, call my father to persuade.
  1. Exit Cassandra.

Hector

38 - 43
  1. No, faith, young Troilus, doff thy harness, youth,
  2. I am today i’ th’ vein of chivalry.
  3. Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong,
  4. And tempt not yet the brushes of the war.
  5. Unarm thee, go, and doubt thou not, brave boy,
  6. I’ll stand today for thee and me and Troy.

Troilus

44 - 45
  1. Brother, you have a vice of mercy in you,
  2. Which better fits a lion than a man.

Hector

46
  1. What vice is that? Good Troilus, chide me for it.

Troilus

47 - 49
  1. When many times the captive Grecian falls,
  2. Even in the fan and wind of your fair sword,
  3. You bid them rise and live.

Hector

50
  1. O, ’tis fair play.

Troilus

51
  1.                    Fool’s play, by heaven, Hector.

Hector

52
  1. How now? How now?

Troilus

53 - 57
  1.                   For th’ love of all the gods,
  2. Let’s leave the hermit pity with our mother,
  3. And when we have our armors buckled on,
  4. The venom’d vengeance ride upon our swords,
  5. Spur them to ruthful work, rein them from ruth.

Hector

58
  1. Fie, savage, fie!

Troilus

59
  1.                   Hector, then ’tis wars.

Hector

60
  1. Troilus, I would not have you fight today.

Troilus

61 - 68
  1. Who should withhold me?
  2. Not fate, obedience, nor the hand of Mars
  3. Beck’ning with fiery truncheon my retire,
  4. Not Priamus and Hecuba on knees,
  5. Their eyes o’ergalled with recourse of tears,
  6. Nor you, my brother, with your true sword drawn,
  7. Oppos’d to hinder me, should stop my way,
  8. But by my ruin.
  1. Enter Priam and Cassandra.

Cassandra

70 - 73
  1. Lay hold upon him, Priam, hold him fast,
  2. He is thy crutch. Now if thou lose thy stay,
  3. Thou on him leaning, and all Troy on thee,
  4. Fall all together.

Priam

74 - 79
  1.                    Come, Hector, come, go back.
  2. Thy wife hath dreamt, thy mother hath had visions,
  3. Cassandra doth foresee, and I myself
  4. Am like a prophet suddenly enrapt
  5. To tell thee that this day is ominous:
  6. Therefore come back.

Hector

80 - 83
  1.                      Aeneas is a-field,
  2. And I do stand engag’d to many Greeks,
  3. Even in the faith of valor, to appear
  4. This morning to them.

Priam

84
  1.                       Ay, but thou shalt not go.

Hector

85 - 89
  1. I must not break my faith.
  2. You know me dutiful, therefore, dear sir,
  3. Let me not shame respect, but give me leave
  4. To take that course by your consent and voice,
  5. Which you do here forbid me, royal Priam.

Cassandra

90
  1. O Priam, yield not to him.

Andromache

91
  1.                            Do not, dear father.

Hector

92 - 93
  1. Andromache, I am offended with you,
  2. Upon the love you bear me, get you in.
  1. Exit Andromache.

Troilus

95 - 96
  1. This foolish, dreaming, superstitious girl
  2. Makes all these bodements.

Cassandra

97 - 104
  1.                            O, farewell, dear Hector.
  2. Look how thou diest, look how thy eye turns pale.
  3. Look how thy wounds do bleed at many vents,
  4. Hark how Troy roars, how Hecuba cries out,
  5. How poor Andromache shrills her dolors forth.
  6. Behold, distraction, frenzy, and amazement,
  7. Like witless antics, one another meet,
  8. And all cry, Hector! Hector’s dead! O Hector!

Troilus

105
  1. Away, away.

Cassandra

106 - 107
  1. Farewell; yet soft: Hector, I take my leave.
  2. Thou dost thyself and all our Troy deceive.
  1. Exit.

Hector

109 - 111
  1. You are amaz’d, my liege, at her exclaim.
  2. Go in and cheer the town. We’ll forth and fight,
  3. Do deeds worth praise, and tell you them at night.

Priam

112
  1. Farewell, the gods with safety stand about thee!
  1. Exeunt severally Priam and Hector. Alarum.

Troilus

114 - 115
  1. They are at it, hark! Proud Diomed, believe,
  2. I come to lose my arm, or win my sleeve.
  1. Enter Pandar.

Pandarus

117
  1. Do you hear, my lord? Do you hear?

Troilus

118
  1. What now?

Pandarus

119
  1. Here’s a letter come from yond poor girl.

Troilus

120
  1. Let me read.

Pandarus

121 - 126
  1. A whoreson tisick, a whoreson rascally tisick so troubles
  2. me, and the foolish fortune of this girl, and what one
  3. thing, what another, that I shall leave you one a’ th’s
  4. days; and I have a rheum in mine eyes too, and such an ache
  5. in my bones, that unless a man were curs’d, I cannot tell
  6. what to think on’t. What says she there?

Troilus

127 - 132
  1. Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart;
  2. Th’ effect doth operate another way.
  3. Tearing the letter.
  4. Go, wind, to wind, there turn and change together.
  5. My love with words and errors still she feeds,
  6. But edifies another with her deeds.
  1. Exeunt severally.
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