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  • Title: Troilus and Cressida (Quarto 1, 1609)
  • 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 (Quarto 1, 1609)

    Enter Thersi: Mene: Paris.
    Ther. The cuck-old and the cuck-old-maker are at it,
    3480now bull, now dogge lowe, Paris lowe, now my double
    hen'd spartan, lowe Paris, lowe the bull has the game, ware
    hornes ho?
    Exit Paris and Menelus.
    Enter Bastard
    3485Bast. Turne slaue and fight.
    Ther. What art thou?
    Bast. A Bastard sonne of Priams.
    Thers: I am a bastard too, I loue bastards. I am bastard be-
    got, bastard instructed, bastard inminde, bastard in valour, in
    3490euery thing illigitimate, one beare wil not bite another, and
    wherefore should one bastard? take heed, the quarrells
    most ominous to vs, if the sonne of a whore fight for a
    whore, he tempts iudgement, farewell bastard.
    3495Bast. The diuell take thee coward.