Troilus and Cressida (1602-3)


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,
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]
[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
game: ware horns, ho!

[Exeunt PARIS and MENELAUS]

[Enter MARGARELON]

Margarelon Turn, slave, and fight.

Thersites What art thou?

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?
Take heed, the quarrel's most ominous to us: if the
son of a whore fight for a whore, he tempts judgment:
farewell, bastard.

[Exit]

Margarelon The devil take thee, coward!

[Exit]

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