Coriolanus


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Enter the two Tribunes, Sicinius and Brutus, with the

Aedile


SICINIUS

Bid them all home. He's gone, and we'll no further.

The nobility are vexed, whom we see have sided
side (v.) take sides with, join

In his behalf.
power (n.) 5 exercise of power, authoritative action


BRUTUS

                         Now we have shown our power,

Let us seem humbler after it is done

Than when it was a-doing.


SICINIUS

                         Bid them home.

Say their great enemy is gone, and they

Stand in their ancient strength.


BRUTUS

                         Dismiss them home.

Exit Aedile
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 2 former, earlier, past

Here comes his mother.

Enter Volumnia, Virgilia, and Menenius


SICINIUS

                         Let's not meet her.


BRUTUS

                                                         Why?


SICINIUS

They say she's mad.
mad (adj.) 1 wild, uncontrollable, excitable, high-spirited


BRUTUS

They have ta'en note of us. Keep on your way.


VOLUMNIA

O, y'are well met. Th' hoarded plague o'th' gods

Requite your love!


MENENIUS

                         Peace, peace, be not so loud.


VOLUMNIA

If that I could for weeping, you should hear –

Nay, and you shall hear some. (To Brutus) Will you be gone?


VIRGILIA

(To Sicinius)

You shall stay too. I would I had the power

To say so to my husband.
mankind (n.) man-like woman, virago; or: mad, furious, infuriated


SICINIUS

                         Are you mankind?


VOLUMNIA

Ay, fool, is that a shame? Note but this, fool:

Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship
foxship (n.) [quality of a fox] low cunning, slyness, ingratitude

To banish him that struck more blows for Rome

Than thou hast spoken words?


SICINIUS

                         O blessed heavens!


VOLUMNIA

More noble blows than ever thou wise words,
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]

And for Rome's good. I'll tell thee what – yet go.

Nay, but thou shalt stay too. I would my son

Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,

His good sword in his hand.


SICINIUS

                         What then?


VIRGILIA

                                                         What then!

He'd make an end of thy posterity.


VOLUMNIA

Bastards and all.

Good man, the wounds that he does bear for Rome!


MENENIUS

Come, come, peace.


SICINIUS

I would he had continued to his country

As he began, and not unknit himself
unknit (v.) untie, undo, unravel

The noble knot he made.


BRUTUS

                         I would he had.


VOLUMNIA

‘ I would he had!’ 'Twas you incensed the rabble –

Cats that can judge as fitly of his worth
fitly (adv.) 1 justly, fittingly, aptly

As I can of those mysteries which heaven

Will not have earth to know.


BRUTUS

                         Pray, let's go.


VOLUMNIA

Now, pray, sir, get you gone.

You have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this:
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

As far as doth the Capitol exceed

The meanest house in Rome, so far my son –

This lady's husband here, this, do you see? –

Whom you have banished does exceed you all.


BRUTUS

Well, well, we'll leave you.
bait (v.) 1 harass, persecute, torment


SICINIUS

                         Why stay we to be baited

With one that wants her wits?

Exeunt Tribunes


VOLUMNIA

                         Take my prayers with you.

I would the gods had nothing else to do

But to confirm my curses. Could I meet 'em

But once a day, it would unclog my heart

Of what lies heavy to't.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
home (adv.) 4 bluntly, to the point, forthrightly
tell (v.) 7 rebuke, admonish, reprove


MENENIUS

                         You have told them home,

And, by my troth, you have cause. You'll sup with me?
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count


VOLUMNIA

Anger's my meat. I sup upon myself,

And so shall starve with feeding. (To Virgilia) Come, let's go.

Leave this faint puling and lament as I do,
faint (adj.) 1 feeble, half-hearted
leave (v.) 1 cease, stop, give up
puling (n./adj.) 1 whimpering, whining, complaining

In anger, Juno-like. Come, come, come.

Exeunt Volumnia and Virgilia


MENENIUS

Fie, fie, fie.

Exit

 
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