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Coriolanus: Act IV, Scene 3

Coriolanus
Act IV, Scene 3

A highway between Rome and Antium.

  1. Enter Nicanor and Adrian, meeting.

Nicanor

1 - 2
  1. I know you well, sir, and you know me. Your name, I think,
  2. is Adrian.

Adrian

3
  1. It is so, sir. Truly, I have forgot you.

Nicanor

4 - 5
  1. I am a Roman, and my services are, as you are, against ’em.
  2. Know you me yet?

Adrian

6
  1. Nicanor? No.

Nicanor

7
  1. The same, sir.

Adrian

8 - 11
  1. You had more beard when I last saw you, but your favor is
  2. well appear’d by your tongue. What’s the news in Rome? I
  3. have a note from the Volscian state to find you out there.
  4. You have well sav’d me a day’s journey.

Nicanor

12 - 13
  1. There hath been in Rome strange insurrections; the people
  2. against the senators, patricians, and nobles.

Adrian

14 - 16
  1. Hath been! Is it ended then? Our state thinks not so; they
  2. are in a most warlike preparation, and hope to come upon
  3. them in the heat of their division.

Nicanor

17 - 22
  1. The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing would make
  2. it flame again; for the nobles receive so to heart the
  3. banishment of that worthy Coriolanus, that they are in a
  4. ripe aptness to take all power from the people, and to pluck
  5. from them their tribunes forever. This lies glowing, I can
  6. tell you, and is almost mature for the violent breaking out.

Adrian

23
  1. Coriolanus banish’d?

Nicanor

24
  1. Banish’d, sir.

Adrian

25
  1. You will be welcome with this intelligence, Nicanor.

Nicanor

26 - 30
  1. The day serves well for them now. I have heard it said, the
  2. fittest time to corrupt a man’s wife is when she’s fall’n
  3. out with her husband. Your noble Tullus Aufidius will appear
  4. well in these wars, his great opposer Coriolanus being now
  5. in no request of his country.

Adrian

31 - 33
  1. He cannot choose. I am most fortunate thus accidentally to
  2. encounter you. You have ended my business, and I will
  3. merrily accompany you home.

Nicanor

34 - 36
  1. I shall, between this and supper, tell you most strange
  2. things from Rome, all tending to the good of their
  3. adversaries. Have you an army ready, say you?

Adrian

37 - 39
  1. A most royal one: the centurions and their charges,
  2. distinctly billeted, already in th’ entertainment, and to be
  3. on foot at an hour’s warning.

Nicanor

40 - 42
  1. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the man, I
  2. think, that shall set them in present action. So, sir,
  3. heartily well met, and most glad of your company.

Adrian

43 - 44
  1. You take my part from me, sir, I have the most cause to be
  2. glad of yours.

Nicanor

45
  1. Well, let us go together.
  1. Exeunt.
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