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Coriolanus: Act I, Scene 10

Coriolanus
Act I, Scene 10

The Volscian camp.

  1. A flourish. Cornets. Enter Tullus Aufidius bloody, with two
  2. or three Volscian Soldiers.

Aufidius

1
  1. The town is ta’en!

Volscian Soldier

2
  1. ’Twill be deliver’d back on good condition.

Aufidius

3 - 16
  1. Condition?
  2. I would I were a Roman, for I cannot,
  3. Being a Volsce, be that I am. Condition?
  4. What good condition can a treaty find
  5. I’ th’ part that is at mercy? Five times, Martius,
  6. I have fought with thee; so often hast thou beat me;
  7. And wouldst do so, I think, should we encounter
  8. As often as we eat. By th’ elements,
  9. If e’er again I meet him beard to beard,
  10. He’s mine, or I am his. Mine emulation
  11. Hath not that honor in’t it had; for where
  12. I thought to crush him in an equal force,
  13. True sword to sword, I’ll potch at him some way,
  14. Or wrath or craft may get him.

Volscian Soldier

17
  1.                                He’s the devil.

Aufidius

18 - 30
  1. Bolder, though not so subtle. My valor’s poison’d
  2. With only suff’ring stain by him; for him
  3. Shall fly out of itself. Nor sleep nor sanctuary,
  4. Being naked, sick, nor fane nor Capitol,
  5. The prayers of priests nor times of sacrifice,
  6. Embarquements all of fury, shall lift up
  7. Their rotten privilege and custom ’gainst
  8. My hate to Martius. Where I find him, were it
  9. At home, upon my brother’s guard, even there,
  10. Against the hospitable canon, would I
  11. Wash my fierce hand in ’s heart. Go you to th’ city,
  12. Learn how ’tis held, and what they are that must
  13. Be hostages for Rome.

Volscian Soldier

31
  1.                       Will not you go?

Aufidius

32 - 35
  1. I am attended at the cypress grove. I pray you
  2. (’Tis south the city mills) bring me word thither
  3. How the world goes, that to the pace of it
  4. I may spur on my journey.

Volscian Soldier

36
  1.                           I shall, sir.
  1. Exeunt.
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