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Since things in motion sooner catch the eye,
cry went once on thee,
Of this my privacy
But 'gainst your privacy
Ha ! known?
? Made emulous missions-] This means the descent of deities to combat on either side ; an idea which Shakspeare very probably adopted from Chapman's translation of Homer. In the fifth Book, Diomed wounds Mars, who on his return to heaven is rated by Jupiter for having interfered in the battle. This disobedience is the faction which I suppose Ulysses would describe. STEEVENS.
one of Priam's daughters.] Polyxena, in the act of marry. ing whom, he was afterwards killed by Paris.
(with whom relation Durst never meddle)-) There is a secret administration of affairs, which no history was ever able to discover. Johnson.
To throw down Hector, than Polyxena :
Shall Ajax fight with Hector ?
0, then beware;
Achil. Go call Thersites hither, sweet Patroclus :
5 Omission to do, &c.] By neglecting our duty we commission or enable that danger of dishonour, which could not reach us before, to lay hold upon us. JOHNSON
An appetite that I am sick withal,
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 arithmetick but her brain to set down her reckoning : bites his lip with a politick regardo, as who
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 of opinion! a man may wear it on both sides, like a leather jerkin.
Achil. Thou must be my embassador 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 ;
with a politick regard,] With a sby look.
Patroclus make demands to me, you shall see the pageant of Ajax.
Achil. To him, Patroclus : Tell him, — I humby 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 captain-general of the Grecian army, Agamemnon. Do this.
Patr. Jove bless great Ajax.
Patr. Who most humbly desires you, to invite Hector to his tent !
Ther. Humph !
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 musick 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. 8
? — to make catlings on.] A catling signifies a small lute-string made of catgut.
the more capable creature,] The more intelligent creature.
Achil. My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirrid; 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 tick in a sheep, than such a valiant ignorance. [Exit.
SCENE I. — Troy. A Street.
Enter, at one side, Æneas, and Servant, with a Torch ;
at the other, PARIS, DEIPHOBUS, ANTENOR, D10-
'Tis the lord Æneas.
Health to you, valiant sir,
Dio. The one and other Diomed embraces.
9 During all question --] Question means intercourse, interchange of conversation.