Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

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Exit
He exits.

COMINIUS

He’ll never hear him.

COMINIUS

Martius will never listen to him.

SICINIUS

Not?

SICINIUS

No?

COMINIUS

75I tell you, he does sit in gold, his eye
Red as ’twould burn Rome; and his injury
The gaoler to his pity. I kneel’d before him;
’Twas very faintly he said ‘Rise;’ dismiss’d me
Thus, with his speechless hand: what he would do,
80He sent in writing after me; what he would not,
Bound with an oath to yield to his conditions:
So that all hope is vain.
Unless his noble mother, and his wife;
Who, as I hear, mean to solicit him
85For mercy to his country. Therefore, let’s hence,
And with our fair entreaties haste them on.

COMINIUS

I tell you, he’s sitting on a golden throne, and his eyes are red enough to burn Rome, and his feeling of having been wronged overwhelms his pity. I knelt before him, and he very quietly said, “Rise,” and without a word, he waved for me to leave. He sent me a letter saying what he will do, and he has sworn not to yield on his conditions. There is no hope unless, as I hear, his noble mother and his wife are able to convince him to have mercy on his country. So let’s go then and urge them to hurry.
Exeunt
All exit.