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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida Translation Act 5, Scene 6

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Enter AJAX

AJAX

Troilus, thou coward Troilus, show thy head!

AJAX

Troilus, you coward Troilus, show yourself!

Enter DIOMEDES

DIOMEDES

Troilus, I say! where's Troilus?

DIOMEDES

Troilus, I say! Where's Troilus?

AJAX

What wouldst thou?

AJAX

What do you want with him?

DIOMEDES

I would correct him.

DIOMEDES

I want to correct him.

AJAX

Were I the general, thou shouldst have my officeEre that correction. Troilus, I say! what, Troilus!

AJAX

You aren't taking the pleasure of killing him away from me. Troilus, I say! Where are you, Troilus!

Enter TROILUS

TROILUS

O traitor Diomed! turn thy false face, thou traitor,And pay thy life thou owest me for my horse!

TROILUS

Oh it is the traitor Diomedes! Turn your deceitful face towards me, you traitor, and die for stealing my horse!

DIOMEDES

Ha, art thou there?

DIOMEDES

Ha, where are you?

AJAX

I'll fight with him alone: stand, Diomed.

AJAX

I want to fight him alone, stand back Diomedes.

DIOMEDES

He is my prize; I will not look upon.

DIOMEDES

I have the right to kill him, I won't just be a spectator.

TROILUS

Come, both you cogging Greeks; have at you both!

TROILUS

Come, both of you cheating Greeks, I'll fight you both!

Exeunt, fighting

Enter HECTOR

HECTOR

Yea, Troilus? O, well fought, my youngest brother!

HECTOR

Is that Troilus? Oh, you fight well youngest brother!

Enter ACHILLES

ACHILLES

Now do I see thee, ha! have at thee, Hector!

ACHILLES

Now I see you, ha! Defend yourself, Hector! [ACHILLES fights HECTOR]

HECTOR

Pause, if thou wilt.

HECTOR

You can rest, if you like.

ACHILLES

I do disdain thy courtesy, proud Trojan: Be happy that my arms are out of use: My rest and negligence befriends thee now, But thou anon shalt hear of me again; Till when, go seek thy fortune.

ACHILLES

I disdain your courtesy, proud Trojan. You should be glad that I am out of practice. My rest and recent refusal to fight has given you the advantage, but I will find you another time, until then go and do what you want.

Exit

HECTOR

Fare thee well:I would have been much more a fresher man,Had I expected thee. How now, my brother!

HECTOR

Goodbye, I wouldn't have let myself be so tired if I knew I would have to fight you. What's this, here's my brother!

Re-enter TROILUS

TROILUS

Ajax hath ta'en AEneas: shall it be? No, by the flame of yonder glorious heaven, He shall not carry him: I'll be ta'en too, Or bring him off: fate, hear me what I say! I reck not though I end my life to-day.

TROILUS

Ajax has captured Aeneas, should we allow him to do this? No, by the sun, he won't be allowed to capture him. I'll either be captured as well, or I'll set Aeneas free. Fate, hear what I am saying! I don't care if I die today.

Exit

Enter one in sumptuous armour

HECTOR

Stand, stand, thou Greek; thou art a goodly mark: No? wilt thou not? I like thy armour well; I'll frush it and unlock the rivets all, But I'll be master of it: wilt thou not, beast, abide? Why, then fly on, I'll hunt thee for thy hide.

HECTOR

Stand and fight me, you Greek. You are a worthy target. No? You won't fight me? I like your armor, I'll hack at it and take it to pieces, so that I can keep it for myself. Won't you fight me, you beast? Why then keep running away, and I'll hunt you for your hide.

Exeunt

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Tom hill
About the Translator: Tom Hill

Tom Hill lives in his native London where he has just finished studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. He has worked in education both in the UK and in Asia. His favorite Shakespeare play is The Merchant of Venice.