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Ajax. You cur!
[Beating him. Ther. Mars his idiot! do, rudeness; do, camel ; do, do.
Enter Acuilles and PATROCLUS.
Ther. You see him there, do you?
Ther. But yet you look not well upon him: for, whosoever you take him to be, he is Ajax.
Achil. I know that, fool.
Ther. Lo, lo, lo, lo, what modicums of wit he utters! his evasions have ears thus long. I have bobbed his brain, more than he has beat my bones: I will buy nine sparrows for a penny, and his pia mater' is not worth the ninth part of a sparrow. This lord, Achilles, Ajax, -who wears his wit in his belly, and his guts in his head, -I'll tell you what I say of him.
[AJAX offers to strike him, ACHILLES
interposes. Ther. Has not so much witAchil. Nay, I must hold you.
Ther. As will stop the eye of Helen's needle, for whom he comes to fight.
Achil. Peace, fool!
1 — his pia mater, &c.] The pia mater is a membrane that protects the substance of the brain.
Ther. I would have peace and quietness, but the fool will not: he there; that he; look you there.
Ajax. O thou damned cur! I shall-
Ajax. I bade the vile owl, go learn me the tenour of the proclamation, and he rails upon me.
Ther. I serve thee not.
Achil. Your last service was sufferance, 'twas not voluntary; no man is beaten voluntary?; Ajax was here the voluntary, and you as under an impress.
Ther. Even so ?—a great deal of your wit too lies in your sinews, or else there be liars. Hector shall have a great catch, if he knock out either of your brains ; 'a were as good crack a fusty nut with no kernel.
Achil. What, with me too, Thersites?
Ther. There's Ulysses, and old Nestor,—whose wit was mouldy ere your grandsires had nails on their toes, -yoke you like draught oxen, and make you plough up the wars.
A chil. What, what ?
Ther. 'Tis no matter ; I shall speak as much as thou, afterwards.
Patr. No more words, Thersites; peace.
Ther. I will hold my peace when Achilles' brach bids me”, shall I ?
2 — is beaten voluntary ;] i. e. voluntarily. Shakspeare often uses adjectives adverbially.
3 — when Achilles' brach bids me,] The commentators are not agreed on the meaning of this word, some referring it to a species of dog, and some to an ornament called a broche, or broach.
Achil. There's for you, Patroclus.
Ther. I will see you hanged, like clotpoles, ere I come any more to your tents; I will keep where there is wit stirring, and leave the faction of fools. [Exit.
Patr. A good riddance. .
Ajar. Farewell. Who shall answer him ?
Achil. I know not, it is put to lottery; otherwise,
Troy. A Room in Priam's Palace.
Hect. Though no man lesser fears the Greeks than I,
Surety secure ; but modest doubt is callid
Fye, fye, my brother !
Hel. No marvel, though you bite so sharp at reasons, You are so empty of them. Should not our father Bear the great sway of his affairs with reasons, Because your speech hath none, that tells him so ?
Tro. You are for dreams and slumbers, brother priest, You fur your gloves with reason. Here are your rea
4 — many thousand dismes,] Disme, Fr. is the tithe, the tenth.
5 The past-proportion of his infinite ?] i. e. that greatness to which no measure bears any proportion.
Let's shut our gates, and sleep: Manhood and honour Should have hare hearts, would they but fat their
thoughts With this cramm'd reason ; reason and respecto Make livers pale, and lustihood deject.
Hect. Brother, she is not worth what she doth cost The holding.
Tro. What is aught, but as 'tis valued ?
Hect. But value dwells not in particular will ;
Tro. I take to-day a wife, and my election
Make livers pale, &c.] Respect is caution, a regard to consequences.
i And the will dotes, that is attributive -] i. e. the will dotes that attributes, or gives the qualities which it affects ; that first causes excellence, and then admires it.
8 - unrespective sieve,] That is, unto a common voider.
9 Your breath with full consent -) Your breaths all blowing together; your unanimous approbation.