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Re: Where is Cressida?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1634  Wednesday, 27 June 2001

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Jun 2001 16:34:56 -0400
Subject: 12.1504 Where is Cressida?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1504 Where is Cressida?

A belated response to Todokoro Hiroyuki's query about the location(s) of
Cressida.  Editors attempting to make sense of Troilus' reference to the
distance between "our Ilium" and "where she resides" (1.1.104) and
Pandurus' question to her, "When were you at Ilium" (1.2.45) propose
that "Ilium" refers to the royal palace or citadel, not the city or
country.  It's well also to recall, however, as many of the play's early
readers and viewers would have done, even at this early stage of the
play, that Cressida's father Calchas was Greek, and would have known the
story well enough to anticipate that her forced reunion with him in the
Greek camp and the affair with Diomedes that follows would ultimately
put the sea between the titulary lovers.

David Evett

> Can anyone help me about a too-simple-to-ask question?
>
> In _Troilus and Cressida_I.i., Troilus makes a famous monologue about
> his Cressida, saying "Between our Ilium and where she resides,/Let it be
> called the wild and wand'ring flodd...." But where is Cressida? And at
> I.ii., Pandarus asks Cressida, "When were you at Ilium?" From where did
> she come to Ilium?
>
> I appreciate any kind of helps you offer!

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