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And better would it fit Achilles much,
Achil. Shall Ajax fight with Hector?
0, then beware; Those wounds heal ill, that men do give themselves: Omission to do what is necessary Seals a commission to a blank of danger; And danger, like an ague, subtly taints Even then when we sit idly in the sun.
Achil. Go, call Thersites hither, sweet Patroclus : I'll send the fool to Ajax, and desire him To invite the Trojan lords after the combat, To see us here unarm'd: I have a woman's longing, An appetite that I am sick withal, To see great Hector in his weeds of peace; To talk with him, and to behold his visage, Even to my full of view. A labour sav'd !
Ther. A wonder!
Ther. Ajax goes up and down the field, asking for himself.
Achil. How so?
Ther. He must fight singly to-morrow with Hector ; and is so prophetically proud of an heroical cudgelling, that he raves in saying nothing.
Achil. How can that be?
Ther. Why, he stalks up and down like a peacock, a stride and a stand: ruminates, like an hostess, that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning: bites his lip with a politic regard, as who should say—there were wit in this head, an 'twould out; and so there is; but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking. The man's undone for ever; for if Hector break not his neck i’the combat, he'll break it himself in vain-glory. He knows not me: I said, Good morrow, Ajax; and he replies, Thanks, Agamemnon. What think you of this man, that takes me for the general? He is grown a very land-fish, languageless, a monster. A plague o a man may wear it on both sides, like a leather jerkin.
Achil. Thou must be my ambassador to him, Thersites.
Ther. Who, I? why, he'll answer nobody; he professes not answering; speaking is for beggars; he wears his tongue in his arms. I will put on his presence ; let Patroclus make demands to me, you shall see the pageant of_Ajax.
Achil. To him, Patroclus : Tell him, I humbly desire the valiant Ajax, to invite the most valorous Hector to come unarmed to my tent; and to procure safe conduct for his person, of the magnanimous, and most illustrious, six-or-seven-times-honoured captaingeneral of the Grecian army, Agamemnon. Do this.
Patr. Jove bless great Ajax.
Patr. I come from the worthy Achilles,
Patr. Who most humbly desires you, to invite Heotor to his tent;
Ther. If to-morrow be a fair day, by eleven o'clock it will go one way or other; howsoever, he shall pay for me ere he has me. :
Patr. Your answer, sir.
Ther. No, but he's out o'tune thus. What music will be in him when Hector has knocked out his brains, I know not: But, I am sure, none; unless the fiddler, Apollo, get his sinews to make catlings on.
'Achil. Come, thou shalt bear a letter to him straight. • Ther. Let me bear another to his horse; for that's the more capable creature. - Achil. My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirrd; And I myself see not the bottom of it.
:'. . Exeunt Achilles and Patroclus. Ther. 'Would the fountain of your mind were clear again, that I might water an ass at it! I had rather be a lick in a sheep, than such a valiant ignorance. (Eait.
SCENE I. Troy. A Street. Enter, at one side, Æneas and Servant, with a Torch; · at the other, PARIS, DEIPHOBUS, ANTENOR, DroMEDES, and others, with Torches. Par. See, ho! who's that there? Dei.
:. 'Tis the lord Eneas. Æne. Is the prince there in person ?Had I so good occasion to lie long, As you, prince Paris, nothing but heavenly business Should rob my bed-mate of my company. Dio. That's my mind too.—Good "morrow, lord'
Æneas. Par. A valiant Greek, Æneas; take his hand ::: Witness the process of your speech, wherein You told-how Diomed, a whole week by days; . Did haunt you in the field. Æne.
Health to you, valiant sir, During all question of the gentle truce:
But when I meet you arm'd, as black defiance,
Dio. The one and other Diomed embraces.
Æne. And thou shalt hunt a lion, that will fly
Dio. We sympathize:-Jove, let Æneas live,
Æne. We know each other well.
Par. This is the most despiteful gentle greeting,
· That I assure you;
There is no help;