Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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Enter Thersites [at one door], Menelaus and Paris, [fighting, at another door]

thersites The cuckold and the cuckold-maker are at it. Now, bull! Editor’s Note2Now dog! 'Loo, Paris, 'loo! Now, my double-henned sparrow! 'Loo, Editor’s Note3Paris, 'loo! The bull has the game. Ware horns, ho!

Exeunt Paris and Menelaus Enter Bastard [Margarelon]

bastard Turn, slave, and fight.


thersites What art thou?


bastard A bastard son of Priam's.


thersites I am a bastard too. I love bastards. I am a bastard begot, 8bastard instructed, bastard in mind, bastard in valour, in everything Editor’s Note9illegitimate. One bear will not bite another, and wherefore should one 10bastard? Take heed; the quarrel's most ominous to us: if the son of a Editor’s Note11whore fight for a whore, he tempts judgement. Farewell, bastard.


bastard The devil take thee, coward!


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Editor’s Note
24.2 'Loo halloo (shout to encourage dogs hunting or fighting)
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24.3–4 has the game is winning
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24.9–10 One … another (proverbial)
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24.11 judgement (on himself and on all bastards)
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