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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida Translation Act 5, Scene 9

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Enter AGAMEMNON, AJAX, MENELAUS, NESTOR, DIOMEDES, and others, marching. Shouts within

AGAMEMNON

Hark! hark! what shout is that?

AGAMEMNON

Listen! Listen! Who is shouting like that?

NESTOR

Peace, drums!

NESTOR

Drums, stop playing!

Within

NESTOR

Achilles! Achilles! Hector's slain! Achilles.

NESTOR

Achilles! Achilles! Hector's slain! Achilles!

DIOMEDES

The bruit is, Hector's slain, and by Achilles.

DIOMEDES

The message is that Hector's slain, and by Achilles.

AJAX

If it be so, yet bragless let it be;Great Hector was a man as good as he.

AJAX

If that's true he shouldn't boast about it. Great Hector was as good a man as Achilles.

AGAMEMNON

March patiently along: let one be sent To pray Achilles see us at our tent. If in his death the gods have us befriended, Great Troy is ours, and our sharp wars are ended.

AGAMEMNON

Let's carry on walking back, send someone to ask Achilles to see us in our tent. If the gods have let Hector die then Troy is ours and these awful wars will be over.

Exeunt, marching

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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.