Troilo, a Trojan knight during Troy’s siege by the Greeks, a son of King Priam. Although Troilo has always mocked love, when he sees Griseida at the temple of Pallas, he is overpowered by her beauty and immediately falls in love with her. At first he keeps his love secret, but at last he allows her cousin Pandaro to act as go-between. Soon she returns his love, and Troilo rejoices in the delights of an intense, though secret, love affair. During that time, he continues to fight bravely for Troy. When Griseida must leave Troy to go to the Greek camp in a prisoner exchange, Troilo is devastated. He tries to persuade her to run away with him, but at last he reluctantly lets her go, believing her promise to return within ten days. He waits for her in agony, and when she does not return within the appointed time, he writes her several letters. Finally, he can no longer believe her deceptive replies. His sister, Cassandra, tells him that Griseida now loves Diomede. When Troilo finds a brooch he once gave Griseida on Diomede’s cloak, the reality of her betrayal sinks in. He fights Diomede several times on the battlefield, then is killed by the Greek warrior Achilles.
Griseida, a beautiful young widow living in Troy during the siege. When her cousin Pandaro brings her word that the young warrior Troilo has fallen love-victim to her beauty, Griseida is unsure that she wishes to be involved in a love affair because of the possibilities of scandal. She feels especially...
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