Why will he not upon our fair request Untent his person and share the air with us?
His fellow Greeks therefore seek to "Untent his person." (Shakespeare apparently invented the word "untent," according to the OED.) If they can somehow just get Achilles out of his tent, but "He doth rely on none." Marjorie Garber offers a pithy summary of the two courtships in the play: "The Greeks woo Achilles, trying to get him out of his bed and onto the battlefield; Troilus woos Cressida, trying to get her into his bed." (21) Achilles jealously guards his privacy, the tent being, according to Foakes, "the visual embodiment of the privacy he maintains" (159).