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“Agamemnon is a fool to offer to command Achilles; Achilles is a fool to be commanded of Agamemnon; Thersites is a fool to serve such a fool; And Patroclus is a fool positive.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Five By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Five:  During the feasting on the eve of battle, Ulysses takes Troilus to Calchas’ tent to find Cressida. As they approach, they spy on Cressida as she flirts with Diomedes … Continue reading

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“Welcome ever smiles,/And farewell goes out sighing.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————————- Aeneas breaks the news to Troilus: Diomedes has arrived with Antenor, who is to be exchanged for Cressida With little time left, the couple tearfully exchange love tokens, and Troilus begs … Continue reading

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“Time hath, my lord,/A wallet at his back, wherein he puts/Alms for oblivion, a great-sized monster/Of ingratitudes.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————— From Marjorie Garber: “Another of Ulysses’ remarkable and resonant speeches, echoing down the ages, will demonstrate a similar point. [MY NOTE:  She’s referring to Thersites’ parody of his ‘degree’ … Continue reading

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“This is the monstruosity in love, lady: that the will is infinite, and the execution confined: that the desire is boundless, and the act a slave to limit.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————- Act Three:  Pandarus has finally arranged a meeting between Troilus and Cressida, but doesn’t exactly leave them alone. Initially nervous, the couple make a vow of mutual constancy before … Continue reading

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“What’s aught but as ‘tis valued?”

Troilus and Cressida Act Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Two:  Ajax questions Thersites about what is going on, but is answered with insults. Achilles arrives (with his friend/lover Patroclus) and tells Ajax about Hector’s challenge, but Achilles response is … Continue reading

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“Take but degree away, untune that string,/And, hark, what discord follows!”

Troilus and Cressida Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– I’d like to continue our examination of Act One with this, from Harold Bloom: “Some critics have traced the origins of Troilus and Cressida to the Poet’s War fought … Continue reading

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“Like or find fault; do as your pleasures are;/Now good or bad, ‘tis but the chance of war.”

Troilus and Cressida Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————— MAJOR CHARACTERS THE TROJANS PRIAM, King of Troy Priam’s sons: Hector, Deiphobus, Helenus (a priest), Paris, Troilus and Margareton (a bastard) Cassandra, Priam’s daughter, a prophetess Andromache, Hector’s wife … Continue reading

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