A monologue from the play "Troilus and Cressida" by William Shakespeare
About this Monologue
- Character: Cressida
- Gender: Female
- Age Range(s): Teenager (13-19), Young Adult (20-35), Adult (36-50)
- Type of monologue / Character is: In love, Insecure
- Type: Serio-comic
- Period: Renaissance
- Genre: Action, Historical, Tragedy, War
- Description: Cressida professes her love for Troilus
- Location: ACT III, Scene 2
There are several storylines and one is Troilus' love for Cressida. In the first scene of the play we find Troilus, a prince of Troy and Paris' younger brother, with Pandarus, who ...
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Hard to seem won: but I was won, my lord,
With the first glance that ever--pardon me--
If I confess much, you will play the tyrant.
I love you now; but not, till now, so much
But I might master it: in faith, I lie;
My thoughts were like unbridled children, grown
Too headstrong for their mother. See, we fools!
Why have I blabb'd? who shall be true to us,
When we are so unsecret to ourselves?
But, though I loved you well, I woo'd you not;
And yet, good faith, I wish'd myself a man,
Or that we women had men's privilege
Of speaking first. Sweet, bid me hold my tongue,
For in this rapture I shall surely speak
The thing I shall repent. See, see, your silence,
Cunning in dumbness, from my weakness draws
My very soul of counsel! stop my mouth.