About this time Thersites Junior really began to make something like a reputation, and to walk abroad habitually with a bank-note comfortably lodged among the other papers in his pocketbook.
DEAR SIR--Please advertise a series of twelve Racy Prints, from my fertile pencil, entitled, 'Scenes of Modern Prison Life,' by Thersites Junior.
If the reader desires to make acquaintance with the associates of my captivity, I must refer him to "Scenes of Modern Prison Life," by Thersites Junior, now doubtless extremely scarce, but producible to the demands of patience and perseverance, I should imagine, if anybody will be so obliging as to pass a week or so over the catalogue of the British Museum.
Croiset remark, the abusive Thersites
in the "Aethiopis" is clearly copied from the Thersites
of the "Iliad"; in the same poem Antilochus, slain by Memnon and avenged by Achilles, is obviously modelled on Patroclus.
Therefore, Sweet railed at Pitman as vainly as Thersites
railed at Ajax: his raillery, however it may have eased his soul, gave no popular vogue to Current Shorthand.
The rest now took their seats and kept to their own several places, but Thersites still went on wagging his unbridled tongue--a man of many words, and those unseemly; a monger of sedition, a railer against all who were in authority, who cared not what he said, so that he might set the Achaeans in a laugh.
Thus railed Thersites, but Ulysses at once went up to him and rebuked him sternly.
About the middle came the lot of Atalanta; she, seeing the great fame of an athlete, was unable to resist the temptation: and after her there followed the soul of Epeus the son of Panopeus passing into the nature of a woman cunning in the arts; and far away among the last who chose, the soul of the jester Thersites
was putting on the form of a monkey.
She ceased to look on him as something wantonly malevolent, a Thersites
recklessly slandering his betters.
An additional and well-marked feature being wanted to convince Penelope, the writer has taken the hunched shoulders of Thersites
(who is mentioned immediately after Eurybates in the "Iliad") and put them on to Eurybates' back.
Act 2, scene 3, opens with Thersites
and takes place, according to modern editors, before Achilles's tent since at line 23 Patroclus says to Thersites
: "come in and rail" (23).
And the playwright beckons ahead to what we call a crusty cob, for in Troilus And Cressida, Act II, Scene I, Ajax calls Thersites
a "cob-loaf ".