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Ther. Here is such patchery, such juggling, and such knavery !
[Erit. Agam. Where is Achilles ? Patr. Within his tent; but ill-dispos'd, my lord.
Agam. Let it be known to him, that we are here. He shent? our messengers ; and we lay by Our appertainments 8 visiting of him : Let him be told so; lest, perchance, he think We dare not move the question of our place, Or know not what we are. Patr.
I shall say so to him.
[Exit. Ulyss. We saw him at the opening of his tent; He is not sick.
Ajar. Yes, lion-sick, sick of proud heart : you may call it melancholy, if you will favour the man; but, by my head, 'tis pride: But why, why ? let him show us a cause: - A word, my lord.
[Takes AGAMEMNON aside. Nest. What moves Ajax thus to bay at him? Ulyss. Achilles hath inveigled his fool from him. Nest. Who? Thersites? Ulyss. He.
Nest. Then will Ajax lack matter, if he have lost his argument. '
Ulyss. No you see, he is his argument, that has his argument; Achilles.
Nest. All the better ; their fraction is more our wish, than their faction : But it was a strong composure, a fool could disunite.
Ulyss. The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie. Here comes Patroclus.
Re-enter PATROCLUS. Nest. No Achilles with him.
7 Rebuked, rated.
8 Appendage of rank or dignity. 9 Subject.
Ulyss. The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy : his legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.
Patr. Achilles bids me say – he is much sorry, If any thing more than your sport and pleasure Did move your greatness, and this noble state, To call upon him; he hopes, it is no other, But, for your health and your digestion sake, An after-dinner's breath'.. Agam.
Hear you, Patroclus ;
passage and whole carriage of this action
- Tell him so. 1 Exercise.
2 Attend. 3 Subscribe, obey. 4 Fits of lunacy. s Approbation.
Patr. I shall ; and bring his answer presently.
[Éxit. Agam. In second voice we'll not be satisfied, We come to speak with him. — Ulysses, enter.
[Exit ULYSSES. Ajax. What is he more than another ? Agam. No more than what he thinks he is.
Ajax. Is he so much? Do you not think, he thinks himself a better man than I am ?
Agam. No question.
Ajax. Will you subscribe his thought, and say, he is ?
Agam. No, noble Ajax ; you are as strong, as valiant, as wise, no less noble, much more gentle, and altogether more tractable.
Ajax. Why should a man be proud ? How doth pride grow? I know not what pride is.
Agam. Your mind's the clearer, Ajax, and your virtues the fairer. He that is proud, eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle ; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.
Ajax. I do hate a proud man, as I hate the engendering of toads. Nest. And yet he loves himself: Is it not strange?
Re-enter ULYSSES. Ulyss. Achilles will not to the field to-morrow. Agam. What's his excuse. Ulyss.
He doth rely on none; But carries on the stream of his dispose, Without observance or respect of any, In will peculiar and in self-admission.
Agam. Why will he not, upon our fair request, Untent his person, and share the air with us? Ulyss. Things small as nothing, for request's sake
He makes important: Possess'd he is with great
Let Ajax go to him. -
Úlyss. O Agamemnon, let it not be so!
save such as do revolve And ruminate himself, -shall he be worshipp'd Of that we hold an idol more than he ? No, this thrice worthy and right valiant lord Must not so stale his palm, nobly acquir'd; . Nor, by my will, assubjugate his merit, As amply titled as Achilles is, By going to Achilles : That were to enlard his fat-already pride ; And add more coals to Cancer, when he burns With entertaining great Hyperion. This lord go to him! Jupiter forbid; And say in thunder - Achilles, go to him. Nest. O, this is well; he rubs the vein of him.
[Aside. Dio. And how his silence drinks up this applause !
Ajax. If I go to him, with my arm'd fist I'll pash?
him Over the face.
Agam. 0, no, you shall not go.
pride: Let me go to him. Ulyss. Not for the worth that hangs upon our.
quarrel. Ajax. A paltry, insolent fellow, Nest.
How he describes Himself!
[Aside. Ajax. Can he not be sociable ? Ulyss.
The raven Chides blackness.
I will let his humours blood. Agam. He'll be physician, that should be the patient.
[Aside. Ajax. An all men Were o’my mind, Ulyss. Wit would be out of fashion.
[Aside. Ajat. He should not bear it so, He should eat swords first : Shall pride carry it?
Nest. An’twould, you'd carry half. [ Aside. Ulyss.
He'd have ten shares.
[Aside. Ajax. I'll knead him, I will make him supple: Nest. He's not yet thorough warm : force him
with praises : Pour in, pour in; his ambition is dry. '[Aside. Ulyss. My lord, you feed too much on this dislike.
[To AGAMEMNON. Nest. O noble general, do not do so. Dio. You must prepare to fight without Achilles. Ulyss. Why, 'tis this naming of him does him
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