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Troilus and Cressida Act 5, Scene 2 Summary

  • Diomedes shows up at the tent looking for Cressida.
  • Calchas invites him inside as Troilus and Ulysses watch from a distance and Thersites creeps up behind them to see what happens.
  • Cressida is all coy with Diomedes, calling him her "sweet guardian" and her "sweet honey Greek" and begging him not to "tempt" her as he whispers in her ear.
  • Diomedes reminds Cressida that she promised she would give him something. (Uh-oh. Things aren't looking good for Troilus.)
  • Troilus is crushed but he refuses to budge, even when Ulysses says he should just go home and forget about Cressida.
  • Eventually, Cressida promises to sleep with Diomedes and even gives him a love token to prove she's serious. Guess what it is?
  • That's right. The "sleeve" Troilus gave her earlier.
  • This just about kills Troilus, obviously.
  • Diomedes wants to know where the love token came from but Cressida won't tell.
  • Then she changes her mind and says she's not going to hook up with Diomedes and that he shouldn't come back to her tent.
  • Diomedes threatens to wear the sleeve the next day during battle just to taunt the guy who gave it to Cressida.
  • As he turns to leave, Cressida tells him to wait up. She's changed her mind again and has decided to sleep with him after all.
  • Diomedes has had enough of this crazy lady and leaves.
  • Troilus then shows up and delivers a speech about how Cressida is totally going to miss him when he's gone.
  • But Cressida claims she can't help the fact that she's unfaithful because she's a woman and all women are promiscuous.
  • With that lovely thought, she exits the stage.
  • Thersites, who has been making nasty comments the whole time, says that Cressida is a "whore."
  • Troilus can't believe what he's just seen and heard, and he declares that he's going to stab Diomedes tomorrow during battle. Which is logical. Not.
  • Then Aeneas shows up and announces that Hector has already gone back to Troy and it's time for Troilus to go home, too.
  • Thersites is left alone on stage. He says that the world is all about "lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery."
    We feel you, man.

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