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Re: Why Troilus Is Scum
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.07379  Tuesday, 12 March 2002

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Mar 2002 17:06:56 -0500
Subject: 13.0603 Re: Why Troilus Is Scum
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0603 Re: Why Troilus Is Scum

Two late additions to the Troilus thread of 10 days back.

(1)  Relatively serious.  The failure of T and C to talk about marriage
is clearly worth consideration.  The obvious argument is that princes of
the blood don't marry the daughters of the hired help (the whole
initiating energy of the plot of *All's Well*), and especially when that
help has defected to the enemy.  But then, marriage doesn't count for
much in this play--cf. Paris and Helen, and Hector's disregard of
Andromache.  As to his failure to come to her defense in other ways, it
is important to remember that he's the youngest of Priam's fifty
sons--his eagerness in the council scene to take on the Greeks would
never have carried the day had not Hector made his astonishing
volte-face.

(2)  Less serious.  I like the idea that Troilus leaving Cressida's bed
has experienced premature (or at least early) ejaculation (not
surprising in a beginner as excited as he is)-Cressida: "You men will
never tarry"-and is in a general post-coital funk.  When I directed the
play once upon a time, and suggested as much to the actor in the role,
he found the suggestion plausible.

Dave Evett

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