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Troilus and Cressida Act 5, Scene 7 Summary

  • Achilles shows up with his gang.
  • He gives them detailed instructions about how he wants them to surround Hector and then "impale him" with their weapons. (Read: Stab him in the guts like he's Julius Caesar.)
  • Next, Menelaus and Paris battle their way across the stage.
  • Thersites follows and yells out stuff like "Hey, it's the 'cuckold' and 'the cuckold maker' going at it. Get him Paris! Get him!"
  • Then a guy named Margarelon (a.k.a. the "Bastard" son of Priam) shows up and challenges Thersites to fight.
  • Thersites is all "Who the heck are you?" and Margarelon is all "A bastard son of Priam's, duh."
  • Then Thersites says that, hey, he loves "bastards," being one himself. In fact, "bastards" should really try to stick together and stay out of this nasty war."
  • Thersites runs away. Are you shocked?

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