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Coriolanus: Act IV, Scene 2

Coriolanus
Act IV, Scene 2

Rome. A street near the gate of the city.

  1. Enter Sicinius and Brutus, with the Aedile.

Sicinius Velutus

1 - 3
  1. Bid them all home, he’s gone; and we’ll no further.
  2. The nobility are vexed, whom we see have sided
  3. In his behalf.

Brutus

4 - 6
  1.                Now we have shown our power,
  2. Let us seem humbler after it is done
  3. Than when it was a-doing.

Sicinius Velutus

7 - 9
  1.                           Bid them home.
  2. Say their great enemy is gone, and they
  3. Stand in their ancient strength.

Brutus

10 - 11
  1.                                  Dismiss them home.
  2. Exit Aedile.
  3. Here comes his mother.
  1. Enter Volumnia, Virgilia, and Menenius.

Sicinius Velutus

12
  1.                        Let’s not meet her.

Brutus

13
  1.                     Why?

Sicinius Velutus

14
  1. They say she’s mad.

Brutus

15
  1. They have ta’en note of us; keep on your way.

Volumnia

16 - 17
  1. O, y’ are well met. The hoarded plague a’ th’ gods
  2. Requite your love!

Menenius

18
  1.                    Peace, peace, be not so loud.

Volumnia

19 - 21
  1. If that I could for weeping, you should hear
  2. Nay, and you shall hear some.
  3. To Brutus.
  4. Will you be gone?

Virgilia

22 - 23
  1. To Sicinius.
  2. You shall stay too. I would I had the power
  3. To say so to my husband.

Sicinius Velutus

24
  1.                          Are you mankind?

Volumnia

25 - 28
  1. Ay, fool, is that a shame? Note but this fool.
  2. Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship
  3. To banish him that struck more blows for Rome
  4. Than thou hast spoken words?

Sicinius Velutus

29
  1.                              O blessed heavens!

Volumnia

30 - 34
  1. More noble blows than ever thou wise words,
  2. And for Rome’s good. I’ll tell thee whatyet go!
  3. Nay, but thou shalt stay too. I would my son
  4. Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,
  5. His good sword in his hand.

Sicinius Velutus

35
  1.                             What then?

Virgilia

36 - 37
  1.            What then?
  2. He’ld make an end of thy posterity.

Volumnia

38 - 39
  1. Bastards and all!
  2. Good man, the wounds that he does bear for Rome!

Menenius

40
  1. Come, come, peace.

Sicinius Velutus

41 - 43
  1. I would he had continued to his country
  2. As he began, and not unknit himself
  3. The noble knot he made.

Brutus

44
  1.                         I would he had.

Volumnia

45 - 48
  1. I would he had”? ’Twas you incens’d the rabble;
  2. Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth
  3. As I can of those mysteries which heaven
  4. Will not have earth to know.

Brutus

49
  1.                              Pray let’s go.

Volumnia

50 - 55
  1. Now pray, sir, get you gone;
  2. You have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this:
  3. As far as doth the Capitol exceed
  4. The meanest house in Rome, so far my son,
  5. This lady’s husband herethis (do you see?)
  6. Whom you have banish’ddoes exceed you all.

Brutus

56
  1. Well, well, we’ll leave you.

Sicinius Velutus

57 - 58
  1.                              Why stay we to be baited
  2. With one that wants her wits?
  1. Exeunt Tribunes.

Volumnia

59 - 63
  1.                               Take my prayers with you.
  2. I would the gods had nothing else to do
  3. But to confirm my curses! Could I meet ’em
  4. But once a day, it would unclog my heart
  5. Of what lies heavy to’t.

Menenius

64 - 65
  1.                          You have told them home,
  2. And, by my troth, you have cause. You’ll sup with me?

Volumnia

66 - 69
  1. Anger’s my meat; I sup upon myself,
  2. And so shall starve with feeding. Come, let’s go.
  3. To Virgilia.
  4. Leave this faint puling, and lament as I do,
  5. In anger, Juno-like. Come, come, come.
  1. Exeunt Volumnia and Virgilia.

Menenius

70
  1. Fie, fie, fie!
  1. Exit.
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