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Tro. Say I, she is not fair?
Pan. I do not care whether you do or no. She's a fool to stay behind her father; let her to the Greeks; and so I'll tell her the next time I see her: for my part, I'll meddle nor make no more in the
Pan. Not I.
Tro. Sweet Pandarus,
Pan. Pray you, speak no more to me; I will leave all as I found it, and there an end.
Exit PANDARUS. An Alarum. Tro. Peace, you ungracious clamours! peace, rude sounds!
Fools on both sides! Helen must needs be fair,
It is too starv'd a subject for my sword.
But Pandarus-O gods, how do you plague me!
Alarum. Enter ENEAS.
Ene. How now, prince Troilus? wherefore not afield?
Tro. Because not there; This woman's answer
For womanish it is to be from thence.
Troilus, by Menelaus. Tro. Let Paris bleed: 'tis but a scar to scorn; Paris is gor'd with Menelaus' horn.
[Alarum. Ene. Hark! what good sport is out of town today!
Tro. Better at home, if would I might, were may.
But, to the sport abroad;-Are you bound thither? Ene. In all swift haste.
Come, go we then together.
The same. A Street.
Enter CRESSIDA and ALEXANDER.
Cres. Who were those went by?
Queen Hecuba, and Helen.
Cres. And whither go they?
He chid Andromache, and struck his armourer;
husbandry in war,] Husbandry means economical prudence. Troilus alludes to Hector's early rising.
What was his cause of anger?
Alex. The noise goes, this: There is among the
A lord of Trojan blood, nephew to Hector;
They call him, Ajax.
Good; And what of him?
Cres. So do all men; unless they are drunk, sick, or have no legs.
Alex. This man, lady, hath robbed many beasts of their particular additions; he is as valiant as the lion, churlish as the bear, slow as the elephant: a man into whom nature hath so crouded humours, that his valour is crushed into folly, his folly sauced with discretion: there is no man hath a virtue that he hath not a glimpse of; nor any man an attaint, but he carries some stain of it: he is melancholy without cause, and merry against the hair: He hath the joints of every thing; but every thing so out of joint, that he is a gouty Briareus, many hands and no use; or purblind Argus, all eyes and no sight.
Cres. But how should this man, that makes me smile, make Hector angry?
Alex. They say, he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down; the disdain and shame whereof hath ever since kept Hector fasting and waking.
their particular additions;] Their peculiar and characteristick qualities or denominations.
that his valour is crushed into folly,] To be crushed into folly, is to be confused and mingled with folly, so as that they make one mass together.
against the hair:] Is a phrase equivalent to another now in use against the grain. The French say-à contrepoil.
Cres. Who comes here?
Alex. Madam, your uncle Pandarus.
Alex. As may be in the world, lady.
Cres. Good morrow, uncle Pandarus.
Pan. Good morrow, cousin Cressid: What do you talk of?-Good morrow, Alexander.-How do you, cousin? When were you at Ilium?
Cres. This morning, uncle.
Pan. What were you talking of, when I came? Was Hector armed, and gone, ere ye came to Ilium? Helen was not up, was she?
Cres. Hector was gone; but Helen was not up. Pan. E'en so; Hector was stirring early.
Cres. That were we talking of, and of his anger. Pan. Was he angry?
Cres. So he says here.
Pan. True, he was so; I know the cause too; he'll lay about him to-day, I can tell them that: and there is Troilus will not come far behind him; let them take heed of Troilus; I can tell them that too.
Cres. What, is he angry too?
Pan. Who, Troilus? Troilus is the better man of the two.
Cres. O, Jupiter! there's no comparison.
Pan. What, not between Troilus and Hector? you know a man if you see him?
Cres. Ay; if ever I saw him before, and knew him.
Pan. Well, I say, Troilus is Troilus.
Cres. Then you say as I say; for, I am sure, he is not Hector.
Pan. No, nor Hector is not Troilus, in some degrees.
Cres. 'Tis just to each of them; he is himself.
Cres. So he is.
'Condition, I had gone bare-foot to
Cres. He is not Hector.
Pan. Himself? no, he's not himself.-'Would 'a were himself! Well, the gods are above; Time must friend, or end: Well, Troilus, well,-I would, my heart were in her body!-No, Hector is not a better man than Troilus.
Cres. Excuse me.
Cres. Pardon me, pardon me.
Pan. The other's not come to't; you shall tell me another tale, when the other's come to't. Hector shall not have his wit this year.
Cres. He shall not need it, if he have his own. Pan. Nor his qualities;
Cres. No matter.
Pan. Nor his beauty.
Cres. 'Twould not become him, his own's better. Pan. You have no judgment, niece: Helen herself swore the other day, that Troilus, for a brown favour, (for so 'tis, I must confess,)-Not brown neither.
Cres. No, but brown,
Pan. 'Faith, to say truth, brown and not brown.
Cres. Then, Troilus should have too much: if she praised him above, his complexion is higher than his; he having colour enough, and the other higher, is too flaming a praise for a good complexion. I had