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  • Title: Troilus and Cressida (Modern)
  • Editor: William Godshalk
  • ISBN: 1-55058-301-8

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: William Godshalk
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    Troilus and Cressida (Modern)

    Enter Ajax.
    Ajax Troilus, thou coward Troilus. Show thy head.
    Enter Diomed.
    Troilus, I say. Where's Troilus?
    What wouldst thou?
    3430Diomed I would correct him.
    Ajax Were I the general, thou shouldst have my office
    Ere that correction. -- Troilus, I say. What, Troilus?
    Enter Troilus.
    3435Troilus O traitor Diomed. Turn thy false face, thou traitor,
    And pay thy life thou ow'st me for my horse.
    Diomed Ha? Art thou there?
    Ajax I'll fight with him alone. Stand, Diomed.
    3440Diomed He is my prize; I will not look upon.
    Troilus Come, both you cogging Greeks. Have at you both.
    Exit Troilus [with Ajax and Diomed, fighting].
    Enter Hector.
    Hector Yea, Troilus. Oh, well fought, my youngest brother.
    Enter Achilles.
    Achilles Now do I see thee. Have at thee, Hector.
    [They fight; Achilles drops his sword?]
    Hector Pause, if thou wilt.
    Achilles I do disdain thy courtesy, proud Trojan.
    Be happy that my arms are out of use.
    3450My rest and negligence befriends thee now,
    But thou anon shalt hear of me again.
    Till when, go seek thy fortune.
    Exit [Achilles].
    I would have been much more a fresher man,
    3455Had I expected thee. --
    Enter Troilus. How now, my brother?
    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,
    3460Or bring him off. Fate, hear me what I say:
    I reck not, though thou end my life today.
    Exit [Troilus].
    Enter one [Greek] in armor.
    Hector Stand, stand, thou Greek. Thou art a goodly mark.
    3465No? Wilt thou not? I like thy armor well;
    I'll frush it, and unlock the rivets all,
    But I'll be master of it. Wilt thou not, beast, abide?
    [Exit Greek in armor.]
    Why then, fly on; I'll hunt thee for thy hide.
    Exeunt [Hector and the Greek in armor.]