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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)

    The history
    selfe, well the Gods are aboue, time must friend or end well
    235Troylus well, I would my heart were in her body; no, Hector
    is not a better man then Troylus.
    Cres. Excuse me. Pand. He is elder.
    Cres. Pardon me, pardon me.
    240Pand. Th'others not eome too't, you shall tell me another
    tale when th'others come too't, Hector shall not haue his
    will this yeare.
    Cres. He shall not neede it if he haue his owne.
    Pand. Nor his qualities.
    245Cres. No matter. Pand. Nor his beautie.
    Cres. Twould not become him, his own's better.
    Pan: You haue no iudgement neece; Hellen her selfe
    swore th'other day that Troylus for a browne fauour (for so
    250tis I must confesse) not browne neither.
    Cres. No, but browne.
    Pand. Faith to say truth, browne and not browne.
    Cres. To say the truth, true and not true.
    Pand. She praisd his complexion aboue Paris,
    255Cres. Why Paris hath colour inough. Pand. So he has.
    Cres. Then Troylus should haue too much, if shce praizd
    him aboue, his complexion is higher then his, hee
    hauing colour enough, and the other higher, is too flaming
    260a praise for a good complexion, I had as lieue Helens golden
    tongue had commended Troylus for a copper nose.
    Pand. I sweare to you I thinke Helen loues him better then(Paris.
    Cres. Then shees a merry greeke indeed.
    265Pand. Nay I am sure she dooes, she came to him th'other
    day into the compast window, and you know hee has not
    past three or foure haires on his chinne.
    Cres. Indeed a Tapsters Arithmetique may soone bring
    his particulars therein to a totall.
    270Pand. Why he is very yong, and yet will hc within three
    pound lifte as much as his brother Hector.
    Cres. Is he so yong a man, and so old a lifter.
    Pand. But to prooue to you that Hellen loues him, shee
    eame and puts mee her white hand to his clouen chin.
    275Cres. Iuno haue mercy, how came it clouen?