William Shakespeare (15641616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.
Troilus and Cressida
Act V. Scene IV.
Between Troy and the Grecian Camp.
Alarums. Excursions. Enter THERSITES.
Ther. Now they are clapper-clawing one another; Ill go look on. That dissembling abominable varlet, Diomed, has got that same scurvy doting foolish young knaves sleeve of Troy there in his helm: I would fain see them meet; that that same young Trojan ass, that loves the whore there, might send that Greekish whoremasterly villain, with the sleeve, back to the dissembling luxurious drab, on a sleeveless errand. O the other side, the policy of those crafty swearing rascals,that stale old mouse-eaten dry cheese, Nestor, and that same dog-fox, Ulysses, is not proved worth a blackberry: they set me up, in policy, that mongrel cur, Ajax, against that dog of as bad a kind, Achilles; and now is the cur Ajax prouder than the cur Achilles, and will not arm to-day; whereupon the Grecians begin to proclaim barbarism, and policy grows into an ill opinion. Soft! here comes sleeve, and t other.
Enter DIOMEDES, TROILUS following.
Tro. Fly not; for shouldst thou take the river Styx,
Ther. God-a-mercy, that thou wilt believe me; but a plague break thy neck for frighting me! Whats become of the wenching rogues? I think they have swallowed one another: I would laugh at that miracle; yet, in a sort, lechery eats itself. Ill seek them. [Exit.