Troilus and Cressida
Troilus and Cressida Act 5, Scene 4 Summary
- Cut to the battlefield, where Thersites watches everything go down while offering his nasty commentary on the action.
- Thersites tells us that Diomedes (the "whoremasterly villain") is running around the battlefield with Troilus's "sleeve" on his helmet.
- While he's at it, he rags on Nestor, Ulysses, Ajax, and Achilles.
- Troilus and Hector run across the stage in mid-battle.
- Then Hector runs on stage and apparently takes a break from fighting Troilus to challenge Thersites to man-to-man combat.... if Thersites thinks he's got the stones for it.
- But, uh, nope. He doesn't, so Hector lets him live and moves on.
- Thersites runs off to watch Troilus throw down with Diomedes.