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Coriolanus: Act IV, Scene 4

Coriolanus
Act IV, Scene 4

Antium. Before Aufidius’ house.

  1. Enter Coriolanus in mean apparel, disguis’d and muffled.

Coriolanus

1 - 7
  1. A goodly city is this Antium. City,
  2. ’Tis I that made thy widows; many an heir
  3. Of these fair edifices ’fore my wars
  4. Have I heard groan and drop. Then know me not,
  5. Lest that thy wives with spits and boys with stones
  6. In puny battle slay me.
  7. Enter a Citizen of Antium.
  8.                         ’Save you, sir.

Citizen of Antium

8
  1. And you.

Coriolanus

9 - 10
  1.          Direct me, if it be your will,
  2. Where great Aufidius lies. Is he in Antium?

Citizen of Antium

11 - 12
  1. He is, and feasts the nobles of the state
  2. At his house this night.

Coriolanus

13
  1.                          Which is his house, beseech you?

Citizen of Antium

14
  1. This here before you.

Coriolanus

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  1.                       Thank you, sir, farewell.
  2. Exit Citizen of Antium.
  3. O world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn,
  4. Whose double bosoms seems to wear one heart,
  5. Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise
  6. Are still together, who twin, as ’twere, in love
  7. Unseparable, shall within this hour,
  8. On a dissension of a doit, break out
  9. To bitterest enmity; so, fellest foes,
  10. Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep
  11. To take the one the other, by some chance,
  12. Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends
  13. And interjoin their issues. So with me,
  14. My birthplace hate I, and my love’s upon
  15. This enemy town. I’ll enter. If he slay me,
  16. He does fair justice; if he give me way,
  17. I’ll do his country service.
  1. Exit.
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