Why thou damnable box of envy, thou, what meanest
thou to curse thus?
Do I curse thee?
Why no, you ruinous butt, you whoreson
indistinguishable cur, no.
No! why art thou then exasperate, thou idle
immaterial skein of sleave-silk, thou green sarcenet
flap for a
sore eye, thou tassel of a prodigal's
purse, thou? Ah, how the poor world is pestered
with such waterflies,
diminutives of nature!
My sweet Patroclus, I am thwarted quite
From my great purpose in to-morrow's battle.
Here is a letter
from Queen Hecuba,
A token from her daughter, my fair love,
Both taxing me and gaging me to keep
oath that I have sworn. I will not break it:
Fall Greeks; fail fame; honour or go or stay;
My major vow lies
here, this I'll obey.
Come, come, Thersites, help to trim my tent:
This night in banqueting must all be spent.
Exeunt ACHILLES and PATROCLUS
With too much blood and too little brain, these two
may run mad; but, if with too much brain and too
blood they do, I'll be a curer of madmen.
Here's Agamemnon, an honest fellow enough and one
quails; but he has not so much brain as
earwax: and the goodly transformation of Jupiter
there, his brother,
the bull, the primitive statue,
and oblique memorial of cuckolds; a thrifty
shoeing-horn in a chain, hanging
at his brother's
leg, to what form but that he is, should wit larded
with malice and malice forced with wit
turn him to?
To an ass, were nothing; he is both ass and ox: to
an ox, were nothing; he is both ox and ass.
To be a
dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard, an
owl, a puttock, or a herring without a roe, I would
care; but to be Menelaus, I would conspire
against destiny. Ask me not, what I would be, if I
Thersites; for I care not to be the louse
of a lazar, so I were not Menelaus! Hey-day!
spirits and fires!
Enter HECTOR, TROILUS, AJAX, AGAMEMNON, ULYSSES, NESTOR, MENELAUS, and DIOMEDES,
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