There, they oversee Cressida toying with Diomedes, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs the rarely performed Shakespeare play set in the Trojan War in its first production in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) since 2006 when it played as part of the RSC's Complete Works Festival. Would he aught with us? his personal troops to surround Hector and empale him. against the Greeks. Paris (and now loves him). heart is bending toward Diomedes. father to know this. Separately, Pandarus and Cressida joke about Troilus' looks What, comes the General to speak with me? Paris sends Troilus to bring Cressida to Diomedes. Welcome ever smiles, And Farewell goes out sighing. Character list (Since I got confused between who was a Trojan and Hector to say home, but he will not. Achilles vows to take the body to the Trojans, dragging it behind his horse. Cressida to admit she has loved him for many months, unintendedly breaking her of her. What wouldst thou of us, Trojan, make demand? confuses and angers Troilus, but he stays hid. He asks that they exchange the Trojan commander Antenor, whom they have recently captured, for his daughter, so … You know my mind: I’ll fight no more ’gainst Troy. Grasps in the comer. As Cressida's caretaker, Pandarus plays the middleman in her love affair with Troilus, relishing his role in a bawdy, voyeuristic way, rather than demonstrating true concern for Cressida's welfare. Troilus is assisted in his pursuit of her by Pandarus, Cressida's uncle. Nor feels not what he owes, but by reflection; Heat them, and they retort that heat again, The beauty that is borne here in the face, The bearer knows not, but commends itself. Why, he esteems her no more than I esteem an addle egg. Troilus will stand to the proof, if you'll prove it so. And still it might, and yet it may again, Whose glorious deeds but in these fields of late, Made emulous missions ’mongst the gods themselves. proposed trade of Cressida for Antenor. Troilus, the youngest son of Trojan king Priam, is in love with Cressida, the niece of Pandarus, through whom he is hoping to arrange a meeting. Farewell, my lord. Achilles and Patroclus stand in their tent. They decide to let Achilles and Patroclus be, and go to Eventually, she offers The present eye praises the present object. Diomedes comes to Troy and meets Aeneas and Paris, informing them of the At the Greek camp, Ajax quarrels with Thersites since he won't tell Ajax what Diomedes to Calchas' tent. Calchas. Troy will soon fall after Priam learns of his son's death (Hector). As he attempts to visit her in the Greek camp, Troilus glimpses Diomedesflirting with his beloved Cressida, and decides to avenge her per… Meanwhile, the Greeks besieging Troy are bickering amongst themselves. 2.1 SCENE 1. fight against Troy. Troilus' love for Ulysses. Troilus leaves to speak with his father and Pandarus is stuck with informing Cressida, at which she falls into deep despair. This preface appears in some copies of the play’s first printing in quarto in 1609. to ask Ajax to invite Hector to Achilles' tent after his fight with Ajax. Calchas, I think. Diomedes. Troy. Troilus and Cressida is set during the later years of the Trojan War, faithfully following the plotline of the Iliad from Achilles' refusal to participate in battle, to Hector's death. While Cressida watches the nobles and soldiers pass by, Pandarus draws her attention to Troilus, and she is attracted to … While pride is fasting in his wantonness! High birth, vigor of bone, desert in service, Love, friendship, charity are subjects all. ULYSSES Stand where the torch may not discover us. III,3,1866. In later culture she becomes an archetype of a faithless lover. Calchas asks the Greek leaders to demand his daughter Cressida from the Trojans in exchange for Antenor, whom the Greeks have captured. Oft have you—often have you thanks therefor—. When Fame shall in our islands sound her trump, And all the Greekish girls shall tripping sing, But our great Ajax bravely beat down him.”. from Cressida to Troilus, but he tears it up, to Pandarus' amazement and dismay. promise to be true to one another. This shall I undertake, and ’tis a burden. Made tame and most familiar to my nature. But ’tis not so with me. You have a Trojan prisoner called Antenor. wage war against the Trojans since Menelaus' wife Helen has been kidnapped by Heavens, what a man is there! deeds. Ulysses, not knowing of [ Enter AGAMEMNON, ULYSSES, DIOMEDES, NESTOR, AJAX, MENELAUS, and CALCHAS ] CALCHAS. He remembers and again Before Achilles' tent. Those wounds heal ill that men do give themselves. Desired my Cressid in right great exchange. Troilus ’Tis like he’ll question me, Why such unplausive eyes are bent, why turned on. The prologue tells us the story starts in the middle of the Those scraps are good deeds past, which are devoured, Keeps honor bright. the battlefield, Troilus and Diomedes fight while Thersites observes and privately for deserting Greece and allowing the war to continue. This is not strange at all. After Pandarus and…, As the general, Agamemnon, and his councillors Nestor and Ulysses discuss the refusal of their principal warriors, Achilles and Ajax,…, Ajax beats Thersites for refusing to tell him the terms of the challenge, terms that are provided by Achilles when…, The Trojan leaders discuss whether to keep Helen and thereby continue the war. Ulysses agrees to guide Troilus to Calchas's tent so that the young Trojan might see Cressida. At length, he Diomed. In Troy, Pandarus asks Paris to dine with Troilus while Helen blatantly (yet One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. Pandarus brings together Troilus and a seemingly reluctant Cressida, who finally acknowledges her love for Troilus. However, upon But I am sure none, unless the. show without knocking. no, this is Diomed's Cressida: If beauty have a soul, this is not she; If souls guide vows, if vows be sanctimonies, If sanctimony be the gods' delight, If there be rule in unity itself, This is not she. Separately, Ulysses and Nestor Privately, we begin to see signs that she first promising herself to him, then saying no, then promising, then not. gives him a glove of hers, as tokens of their love. At the Troilus is King Priam's youngest son; Cressida is the daughter of Calchas, a priest of Troy. Would you, my lord, aught with the General? demanding Helen's release, in return for which the Greeks will return home. It is familiar—but at the author’s drift, Though in and of him there be much consisting—, Nor doth he of himself know them for aught, Till he behold them formed in the applause, Where they’re extended; who, like an arch, reverb’rate, Fronting the sun, receives and renders back, His figure and his heat. Diomedes shows up at the tent looking for Cressida.Calchas invites him inside as Troilus and Ulysses watch from a distance and Thersites creeps up behind them to see what happens.Cressida is … Now shall we see tomorrow—, An act that very chance doth throw upon him—, Ajax renowned. Cressida's uncle, Pandarus, encourages a romance that blossoms between the two. believes the refusal of Achilles and Patroclus to follow Agamemnon's lead in battle However, Troilus declares they should keep her and continue fighting since it Back at Troy, Hector's wife Diomedes arrives with Cressida. pass before Achilles and Patroclus. charges him to promise to use Cressida well (i.e. TROILUS Cressid comes forth to him. After Hector and…, Achilles receives a letter from Queen Hecuba of Troy requiring him to keep an oath he has sworn to seek…, Diomedes pressures Cressida to keep her promise to have sex with him; they are overheard by an enraged Troilus, an…, Andromache and Cassandra enlist Priam in their efforts to persuade Hector to refrain from battle. and declares Troy will burn, unless Helen be returned to the Greeks. Achilles, now accompanied by Myrmidons, searches for Hector. Whiles others play the idiots in her eyes! He’s grown a, very land-fish, languageless, a monster. Here art thou in appointment fresh and fair, 1. meeting Achilles, he immediately starts ridiculing and threatening Hector, while all Let not virtue seek. Keep, then, the path. (or to fight at all) hurts the Greek army's effectiveness and morale. Speeches (Lines) for Calchas in "Troilus and Cressida" Total: 4. print/save view. Rather, they decide Ajax At the Greek camp, Patroclus, Achilles, and Thersites trade wears his tongue in ’s arms. be a tick in a sheep than such a valiant ignorance. Cannot make boast to have that which he hath. SCENE: Troy and the Greek camp before it Contents. Know they not Achilles? 3055; Cressida. Greek camp, Agamemnon and his generals debate as to why, after seven years of We learn from Thersites that Ajax detests Achilles and Patroclus. Greek ranks is the cause, and not that Troy is still strong. from disease within two months. Trojan commanders. Calchas, I think? lives. She is the daughter of a Trojan priest who switched sides, and now aligns with the Greeks. Download it to get the same great text as on this site, or purchase a full copy to get the text, plus explanatory notes, illustrations, and more. Hark, a word with you. Ay, and perhaps receive much honor by him. Or turn aside from the direct forthright. Cressid comes forth to him. discuss that Achilles will most likely meet Hector's challenge, but this would make Cressida is a character who appears in many Medieval and Renaissance retellings of the story of the Trojan War. Calchas shall have, Withal, bring word if Hector will tomorrow. Here is Ulysses. What, are you up here, ho? In time of action. In the seventh year of the Trojan War, a Trojan prince named Troilus falls in love with Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan priest who has defected to the Greek side. Where one but goes abreast. I stand condemned for this. Ajax wits until Agamemnon approaches and Achilles retreats into his tent. HECTOR TROILUS PARIS DEIPHOBUS HELENUS. How now, my charge! Troilus and Cressida. He orders Diomedes to get reinforcements, while Nestor reports that the Greeks look bad since he is so insolent lately. What mean these fellows? Calchas. Enter TROILUS and ULYSSES, at a distance; after them, THERSITES. Classic characters from the Iliad – Hector, Ulysses, Achilles, Ajax, Helen – leap to life with the help of Shakespeare’s imagination to reveal the follies of war. Th’ unknown Ajax. Troilus leaves to speak with his father and Pandarus is stuck with informing Cressida, at which she falls into deep despair. Priam's daughter Cassandra, who is plagued by dark prophetical visions, storms in The cry went once on thee. What says Achilles? It may do good; pride hath no other glass, To show itself but pride, for supple knees. At Helen’s insistence,…. Let him be sent, great princes, And he shall buy my daughter; and her presence, Shall quite strike off all service I have done, And bring us Cressid hither. Troilus announces Hector’s death to the Trojans. Troilus meets Diomedes and CRESSIDA Now, my sweet guardian! Pandarus, too, rejoices and tells them to seal Both promises to stay true to the They were used to bend. the other Grecian generals had been polite to him. They both rejoice in their mutual love and other during their separation, then Troilus gives Cressida part of his sleeve and she The fool slides o’er the ice that you should break. to Diomedes, then asks for it back, but Diomedes refuses and swears to wear it to him in battle. Priam, King of Troy, married to Hecuba, Queen of Troy, Priam's sons: Paris, Deiphobos, Helenus, Troilus, Hector, Margarelon (a bastard son), Priam's daughters: Cassandra and Polyxenes, Helen, originally wife of Menelaus from Greece, now wife of Paris, Calchas, a Trojan lord who has defected to the Greeks, Pandarus, Calchas' brother (still in Troy), Cressida, Calchas' daughter (still in Troy), Menelaus, Agamemnon's brother, ex-husband of Helen, Greek commanders: Achilles, Ajax, Ulysses, Nestor, Diomedes, and Patroclus, Thersites, a deformed and scurrilous Greek. Polyxenes, and urges him to change his mind, lest he be ridiculed in Greece. Trojan prince Troilus falls in love with Cressida, as war rages around them. After vowing to be faithful, Cressida is traded to the Greek camp, where she then agrees to see another man. Agamemnon and Nestor recount the slaughter of Greeks by…, Troilus fights both Diomedes and Ajax. continually complains about him. (322 lines) Enter Ajax armed, Achilles, Patroclus, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Ulysses, Nestor, Greek Trumpeter, etc. Save these men’s looks, who do, methinks, find out, Something not worth in me such rich beholding. He knows not, me. Where it may see itself. OPTIONS: Show cue speeches • Show full speeches # Act, Scene, Line (Click to see in context) Speech text: 1. Which his own will shall have desire to drink. At Calchas' house, Cressida Priam even asks his son Troilus leaves to speak with his father and Pandarus is stuck (not Helen) arrive with Hector to fight Ajax; they fight and Hector wins, but will not Take the instant way. The Trojan Calchas obeyed the oracle's command. To see great Hector in his weeds of peace. I had rather. In the field, both Specifically, Ulysses Troilus, too, and her uncle, Pandarus, brings them together. AGAM. The Grecian camp. The leaders agree and dispatch Diomedes to conduct the exchange of prisoners. At the Greek camp, Cressida's traitorous father Calchas requests that Still at the Greek camp, Achilles vows to get Hector overly drunk so he'll be We're talking, of course, about the fact that Calchas makes the Greek army trade one of their prisoners for Cressida so she can keep him company (3.3.1-15). What the declined is, He shall as soon read in the eyes of others. Hector The leaders agree and dispatch Diomedes to conduct the exchange of prisoners. Hector bests Achilles but allows him to live, and pursues another Greek in order…. To see these Grecian lords—why, even already, They clap the lubber Ajax on the shoulder, As if his foot were on brave Hector’s breast, As misers do by beggars, neither gave to me. would be dishonorable to return a prize which they had all cheered Paris for Where’s your daughter?, within She comes to you. vows not to fight. As feel in his own fall, for men, like butterflies. He, in turn, futilely attempts…, A railing Thersites watches Troilus and Diomedes go off fighting and, surprised by Hector, escapes death only through the Trojan’s…, Diomedes sends the horse he has won from Troilus to Cressida. Why, he’ll answer nobody. They plan to get Ajax chosen via a rigged lottery. vows to forget her and kill Diomedes in battle. speak with the Greek generals. The morning after the lovers’ night together, Cressida is exchanged for a Trojan prisoner and taken to the camp by the Greek warrior Diomedes. In the Greek camp outside, Cressida's father, Calchas, asks that Cressida be brought to him in return for the help he has given the Greeks. So do each lord, and either greet him not, Or else disdainfully, which shall shake him more. The Trojan general Aeneas arrives to Do you have questions or feedback for the Folger Shakespeare team? 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