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Troilus and Cressida: Act IV, Scene 1

Troilus and Cressida
Act IV, Scene 1

Scene 1

Troy. A street.

  1. Enter at one door Aeneas with a torch; at another, Paris,
  2. Deiphobus, Antenor, Diomedes the Grecian, and others with
  3. torches.

Paris

1
  1. See ho! Who is that there?

Deiphobus

2
  1. It is the Lord Aeneas.

Aeneas

3 - 6
  1. Is the Prince there in person?
  2. Had I so good occasion to lie long
  3. As you, Prince Paris, nothing but heavenly business
  4. Should rob my bed-mate of my company.

Diomedes

7
  1. That’s my mind too. Good morrow, Lord Aeneas.

Paris

8 - 11
  1. A valiant Greek, Aeneas, take his hand,
  2. Witness the process of your speech, wherein
  3. You told how Diomed, a whole week by days,
  4. Did haunt you in the field.

Aeneas

12 - 15
  1.                             Health to you, valiant sir,
  2. During all question of the gentle truce;
  3. But when I meet you arm’d, as black defiance
  4. As heart can think or courage execute.

Diomedes

16 - 20
  1. The one and other Diomed embraces.
  2. Our bloods are now in calm, and, so long, health!
  3. But when contention and occasion meet,
  4. By Jove I’ll play the hunter for thy life,
  5. With all my force, pursuit, and policy.

Aeneas

21 - 26
  1. And thou shalt hunt a lion that will fly
  2. With his face backward. In humane gentleness,
  3. Welcome to Troy! Now, by Anchises’ life,
  4. Welcome indeed! By Venus’ hand I swear,
  5. No man alive can love in such a sort
  6. The thing he means to kill, more excellently.

Diomedes

27 - 31
  1. We sympathize. Jove, let Aeneas live,
  2. If to my sword his fate be not the glory,
  3. A thousand complete courses of the sun!
  4. But in mine emulous honor let him die,
  5. With every joint a wound, and that tomorrow!

Aeneas

32
  1. We know each other well.

Diomedes

33
  1. We do, and long to know each other worse.

Paris

34 - 36
  1. This is the most despiteful gentle greeting,
  2. The noblest hateful love, that e’er I heard of.
  3. What business, lord, so early?

Aeneas

37
  1. I was sent for to the King, but why, I know not.

Paris

38 - 47
  1. His purpose meets you; ’twas to bring this Greek
  2. To Calchas’ house, and there to render him,
  3. For the enfreed Antenor, the fair Cressid.
  4. Let’s have your company, or if you please,
  5. Haste there before us. I constantly believe
  6. (Or rather call my thought a certain knowledge)
  7. My brother Troilus lodges there tonight.
  8. Rouse him and give him note of our approach,
  9. With the whole quality wherefore. I fear
  10. We shall be much unwelcome.

Aeneas

48 - 50
  1.                             That I assure you.
  2. Troilus had rather Troy were borne to Greece
  3. Than Cressid borne from Troy.

Paris

51 - 53
  1.                               There is no help.
  2. The bitter disposition of the time
  3. Will have it so. On, lord, we’ll follow you.

Aeneas

54
  1. Good morrow, all.
  1. Exit.

Paris

55 - 58
  1. And tell me, noble Diomedfaith, tell me true,
  2. Even in soul of sound good-fellowship
  3. Who, in your thoughts, deserves fair Helen best,
  4. Myself, or Menelaus?

Diomedes

59 - 71
  1.                      Both alike.
  2. He merits well to have her that doth seek her,
  3. Not making any scruple of her soil,
  4. With such a hell of pain and world of charge;
  5. And you as well to keep her that defend her,
  6. Not palating the taste of her dishonor,
  7. With such a costly loss of wealth and friends.
  8. He like a puling cuckold would drink up
  9. The lees and dregs of a flat tamed piece;
  10. You like a lecher out of whorish loins
  11. Are pleas’d to breed out your inheritors.
  12. Both merits pois’d, each weighs nor less nor more,
  13. But he as he, the heavier for a whore.

Paris

72
  1. You are too bitter to your country-woman.

Diomedes

73 - 79
  1. She’s bitter to her country. Hear me, Paris:
  2. For every false drop in her bawdy veins,
  3. A Grecian’s life hath sunk; for every scruple
  4. Of her contaminated carrion weight,
  5. A Troyan hath been slain. Since she could speak,
  6. She hath not given so many good words breath
  7. As for her Greeks and Troyans suff’red death.

Paris

80 - 84
  1. Fair Diomed, you do as chapmen do,
  2. Dispraise the thing that they desire to buy,
  3. But we in silence hold this virtue well,
  4. We’ll not commend what we intend to sell.
  5. Here lies our way.
  1. Exeunt.
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