Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

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MENENIUS

105I neither care for the world nor your general: for
such things as you, I can scarce think there’s any,
ye’re so slight. He that hath a will to die by
himself fears it not from another: let your general
do his worst. For you, be that you are, long; and
110your misery increase with your age! I say to you,
as I was said to, Away!

MENENIUS

I don’t care about the world or about your general. I can barely think of things such as yourselves, you’re so insignificant. A suicidal man doesn’t fear being killed by someone else. Let your general do his worst. May you live long and may your misery increase with age! I say to you what was said to me: Away!
Exit
Exit

FIRST SENTINEL

A noble fellow, I warrant him.

FIRST GUARD

He’s a noble fellow, I say.

SECOND SENTINEL

The worthy fellow is our general: he’s the rock, the
oak not to be wind-shaken.

SECOND GUARD

The worthy fellow is our general. He’s like a rock or an oak that the wind can’t shake.
Exeunt
They exit.