Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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MESSENGER

You are sent for to the Capitol. ’Tis thought
That Martius shall be consul:
I have seen the dumb men throng to see him and
280The blind to bear him speak: matrons flung gloves,
Ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchers,
Upon him as he pass’d: the nobles bended,
As to Jove’s statue, and the commons made
A shower and thunder with their caps and shouts:
285I never saw the like.

MESSENGER

The capitol sends for you. It’s thought that Martius will be admitted to the consul. I saw mute people form crowds to see him and blind people to hear him speak. Married women threw their gloves to him and ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchiefs. As he passed by, the nobles bowed to him as they would to Jupiter’s statue. The common people made a shower with their caps and thunder with their shouts. I’ve never seen anything like it.

BRUTUS

Let’s to the Capitol;
And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
But hearts for the event.

BRUTUS

Let’s go to the Capitol and keep our eyes and ears open for the time being, while our heart remains set on our plan.

SICINIUS

Have with you.

SICINIUS

I’m with you.
Exeunt
All exit.