The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0597 Thursday, 28 February 2002
Date: Thursday, 28 Feb 2002 11:11:29 +1100
Subject: Why Troilus is scum: erratum
Please allow me to correct the error I made in my post of yesterday:
I should have said that Troilus never tells Cressida that he loves her
in their love scene together. He does use the words once later on, in
their parting scene, but with the following context:
"Cressid, I love thee in so strained a purity, That the blest gods, as
angry with my fancy, More bright in zeal than the devotion which Cold
lips blow to their deities, take thee from me."
I don't feel this really damages my point, since as a declaration of
love this is right up there with... well, with squid. The emphasis is
all on the superior quality of his own love, and the fact that he is
going to have something taken away from him. At this point in the play
Cressida is about to be traded to the enemy, so someone who genuinely
loved her would most likely have more pressing concerns, perhaps even
for her wellbeing?
Certainly he never makes an equivalent statement to Cressida's simple
and direct: "Prince Troilus, I have loved you night and day for many
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