Troilus and Cressida is a Shakespearean tragedy about the affair between the Trojans Troilus and Cressida during the Trojan War. Shortly after the Troilus and Cressida consummate their love, Cressida is traded to the Greeks for the return of a Trojan prisoner. After a fight between Ajax and Hector results in a draw and temporary truce, Troilus finds Cressida has agreed to become the Greek Diomedes' lover. Enraged, he and Hector wage battle, killing Achilles' companion, Patroklos. Achilles then avenges his death, killing Hector.
Troilus and Cressida is a play by William Shakespeare, probably written around 1602. It is called a history play in the Quarto edition (1609), and a tragedy in the First Folio (1623). Critics now often treat it as a "problem play."
Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office, and custom, in all line of order.
In mere oppugnancy.
Of things to come at large.
To the bottom of the worst.
A great-siz'd monster of ingratitudes.
Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail
In monumental mockery.
And with his arms outstretch'd, as he would fly,
Grasps-in the comer: the welcome ever smiles,
And farewell goes out sighing.
And give to dust, that is a little gilt,
More laud than gilt o’erdusted.
At every joint and motive of her body.
Yet gives he not till judgment guide his bounty.
Will one day end it.