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Act 5, scene 6
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Troilus and Cressida
Act 5, scene 6



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Set during the Trojan War, Troilus and Cressida recounts the love affair of its title characters. Inside the besieged city of Troy,…



This preface appears in some copies of the play’s first printing in quarto in 1609.

Act 1, scene 1

Troilus refuses to fight because he is too disturbed by his unrequited love for Cressida. Pandarus, her uncle, complains of…

Act 1, scene 2

Cressida gossips with her servant Alexander, and then with Pandarus, who strives to interest her in Troilus. After Pandarus and…

Act 1, scene 3

As the general, Agamemnon, and his councillors Nestor and Ulysses discuss the refusal of their principal warriors, Achilles and Ajax,…

Act 2, scene 1

Ajax beats Thersites for refusing to tell him the terms of the challenge, terms that are provided by Achilles when…

Act 2, scene 2

The Trojan leaders discuss whether to keep Helen and thereby continue the war. They decide to do so in spite…

Act 2, scene 3

Thersites rails against Achilles and Ajax, and then, joined by Achilles and Patroclus, ridicules them to their faces. As Agamemnon…

Act 3, scene 1

Pandarus asks Paris to make excuses for Troilus’s absence from his father Priam’s supper table that night. At Helen’s insistence,…

Act 3, scene 2

Pandarus brings together Troilus and a seemingly reluctant Cressida, who finally acknowledges her love for Troilus.

Act 3, scene 3

Calchas asks the Greek leaders to demand his daughter Cressida from the Trojans in exchange for Antenor, whom the Greeks…

Act 4, scene 1

Aeneas, summoned to Priam’s palace, meets Paris and a deputation from the Greek camp bringing Antenor to be exchanged for…

Act 4, scene 2

As morning breaks after Troilus and Cressida’s night of lovemaking, Troilus, Pandarus, and Cressida each learn in turn that Cressida…

Act 4, scene 3

Paris sends Troilus to bring Cressida to Diomedes.

Act 4, scene 4

As Troilus and Cressida part, he urges her to be faithful to him, and he promises to visit her in…

Act 4, scene 5

The Greek leaders, Menelaus and Ulysses excepted, kiss Cressida as Diomedes brings her to the Greek camp. After Hector and…

Act 5, scene 1

Achilles receives a letter from Queen Hecuba of Troy requiring him to keep an oath he has sworn to seek…

Act 5, scene 2

Diomedes pressures Cressida to keep her promise to have sex with him; they are overheard by an enraged Troilus, an…

Act 5, scene 3

Andromache and Cassandra enlist Priam in their efforts to persuade Hector to refrain from battle. He, in turn, futilely attempts…

Act 5, scene 4

A railing Thersites watches Troilus and Diomedes go off fighting and, surprised by Hector, escapes death only through the Trojan’s…

Act 5, scene 5

Diomedes sends the horse he has won from Troilus to Cressida. Agamemnon and Nestor recount the slaughter of Greeks by…

Act 5, scene 6

Troilus fights both Diomedes and Ajax. Hector bests Achilles but allows him to live, and pursues another Greek in order…

Act 5, scene 7

Achilles, now accompanied by Myrmidons, searches for Hector.

Act 5, scene 8

Thersites comments on the combat between Menelaus and Paris. Then, surprised by Priam’s bastard son, Thersites escapes by refusing to…

Act 5, scene 9

Hector, having killed the Greek in the splendid armor, unarms himself and is surprised by Achilles, who orders his Myrmidons…

Act 5, scene 10

The rest of the Greek forces hear the shouts of the Myrmidons announcing Hector’s death.

Act 5, scene 11

Troilus announces Hector’s death to the Trojans. Marching back to Troy, Troilus meets Pandarus and reviles him.

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Scene 6
Enter Ajax.

 Troilus, thou coward Troilus, show thy head!

Enter Diomedes.

DIOMEDES Troilus, I say! Where’s Troilus?
AJAX What wouldst thou?
DIOMEDES I would correct him.
5 Were I the General, thou shouldst have my office
 Ere that correction.—Troilus, I say! What, Troilus!

Troilus and Cressida
ACT 5. SC. 6

Enter Troilus.

 O traitor Diomed! Turn thy false face, thou traitor,
 And pay the life thou owest me for my horse!
DIOMEDES Ha! Art thou there?
10 I’ll fight with him alone. Stand, Diomed.
 He is my prize. I will not look upon.
 Come, both you cogging Greeks. Have at you both!

Enter Hector.

Troilus exits, fighting Diomedes and Ajax.
 Yea, Troilus? O, well fought, my youngest brother!

Enter Achilles.

 Now do I see thee. Ha! Have at thee, Hector!
They fight.
HECTOR 15Pause if thou wilt.
 I do disdain thy courtesy, proud Trojan.
 Be happy that my arms are out of use.
 My rest and negligence befriends thee now,
 But thou anon shalt hear of me again;
20 Till when, go seek thy fortune.He exits.
HECTOR  Fare thee well.
 I would have been much more a fresher man
 Had I expected thee.

Enter Troilus.

 How now, my brother?

Troilus and Cressida
ACT 5. SC. 7

25 Ajax hath ta’en Aeneas. Shall it be?
 No, by the flame of yonder glorious heaven,
 He shall not carry him. I’ll be ta’en too
 Or bring him off. Fate, hear me what I say!
 I reck not though I end my life today.
He exits.

Enter one in Greek armor.

30 Stand, stand, thou Greek! Thou art a goodly mark.
 No? Wilt thou not? I like thy armor well.
 I’ll frush it and unlock the rivets all,
 But I’ll be master of it.The Greek exits.
 Wilt thou not, beast, abide?
35 Why then, fly on. I’ll hunt thee for thy hide.
He exits.