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Coriolanus: Act I, Scene 2

Coriolanus
Act I, Scene 2

Corioli. The Senate-house.

  1. Enter Tullus Aufidius with Senators of Corioli.

First Volscian Senator

1 - 3
  1. So, your opinion is, Aufidius,
  2. That they of Rome are ent’red in our counsels,
  3. And know how we proceed.

Aufidius

4 - 18
  1.                          Is it not yours?
  2. What ever have been thought on in this state
  3. That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome
  4. Had circumvention? ’Tis not four days gone
  5. Since I heard thence; these are the wordsI think
  6. I have the letter here; yes, here it is:
  7. Reads.
  8. They have press’d a power, but it is not known
  9. Whether for east or west. The dearth is great,
  10. The people mutinous; and it is rumor’d,
  11. Cominius, Martius your old enemy
  12. (Who is of Rome worse hated than of you),
  13. And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,
  14. These three lead on this preparation
  15. Whither ’tis bent. Most likely ’tis for you;
  16. Consider of it.”

First Volscian Senator

19 - 21
  1.                  Our army’s in the field.
  2. We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready
  3. To answer us.

Aufidius

22 - 28
  1.               Nor did you think it folly
  2. To keep your great pretenses veil’d till when
  3. They needs must show themselves, which in the hatching,
  4. It seem’d, appear’d to Rome. By the discovery
  5. We shall be shorten’d in our aim, which was
  6. To take in many towns ere (almost) Rome
  7. Should know we were afoot.

Second Volscian Senator

29 - 34
  1.                            Noble Aufidius,
  2. Take your commission, hie you to your bands,
  3. Let us alone to guard Corioles.
  4. If they set down before ’s, for the remove
  5. Bring up your army; but, I think, you’ll find
  6. Th’ have not prepar’d for us.

Aufidius

35 - 41
  1.                               O, doubt not that,
  2. I speak from certainties. Nay more,
  3. Some parcels of their power are forth already,
  4. And only hitherward. I leave your honors.
  5. If we and Caius Martius chance to meet,
  6. ’Tis sworn between us we shall ever strike
  7. Till one can do no more.

All Volscian Senators

42
  1.                          The gods assist you!

Aufidius

43
  1. And keep your honors safe!

First Volscian Senator

44
  1.                            Farewell.

Second Volscian Senator

45
  1.           Farewell.

All Volscian Senators

46
  1. Farewell.
  1. Exeunt omnes.
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