Troilus and Cressida: Third Series, Revised Edition (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)
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A revised edition of this intriguing and complex play, updated to cover recent critical thinking and stage history. Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy often labelled a "problem" play because of its apparent blend of genres and its difficult themes. Set in the Trojan Wars it tells a story of doomed love and honour, offering a debased view of human nature in war-time and a stage peopled by generally unsympathetic characters. The revised edition makes an ideal text for study at undergraduate level and above.
schools105 and brotherhoods in cities, Peaceful commerce from dividable shores106, The primogenitive107 and due of birth, Prerogative of age, crowns, sceptres, laurels, But109 by degree, stand in authentic place? Take but degree away, untune that string, And, hark, what discord follows. Each thing meets In mere oppugnancy112. The bounded waters Should113 lift their bosoms higher than the shores And make a sop of all this solid globe114: Strength should be lord of imbecility115, And the
content you129. TROILUS What offends you, lady? CRESSIDA Sir, mine own company. TROILUS You cannot shun yourself. CRESSIDA Let me go and try: I have a kind of self resides with you, But an unkind135 self, that itself will leave To be another’s fool136. Where is my wit? I would be gone: I speak I know not what. TROILUS Well know they what they speak that speaks so wisely138. CRESSIDA Perchance139, my lord, I show more craft than love, And fell so roundly140 to a large confession To
Diomedes, offering to accompany him. Thersites, who has been watching all this time, decides to follow them. ACT 5 SCENE 2 Lines 1–131: Diomedes arrives at Calchas’ tent and asks for Cressida. Troilus and Ulysses arrive and conceal themselves to watch the meeting, as does Thersites. Cressida greets Diomedes as her “sweet guardian,” and, as he whispers to her, says that he is a “Sweet honey Greek” who “tempts” her. Troilus’ asides reveal his despair at her familiarity, while Thersites’
“genitals”) 83 godly i.e. righteous 89 mainly much 90 heel dance high lavolt a lively dance that involved leaping movements (from Italian lavolta, “the turn”) 91 subtle cunning, involving strategy 92 prompt and pregnant readily disposed and receptive 94 still continual/silent dumb-discoursive silently persuasive, eloquent in silence 98 will desire, wish 101 Presuming … potency relying too readily on a power that may in fact prove changeable 109 craft cunning for great opinion to secure
plaything/dupe 34 Thy better i.e. Troilus himself 37 moved agitated, upset, angry 39 wrathful terms i.e. a fight 42 go off leave 43 flow … distraction are becoming increasingly agitated, frenzied (alludes to a swelling river) 50 grieve distress, upset truth fidelity 54 palter equivocate/haggle/trifle/mumble 57 break out explode in anger/leap out from concealment 61 will i.e. desire to confront Cressida and Diomedes all offences the actions Troilus might take/Cressida’s wrongdoing to him