Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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Re-enter a third Citizen
A third Citizen re-enters.
You know the cause, air, of my standing here.
You know why I’m standing here.

THIRD CITIZEN

We do, sir; tell us what hath brought you to’t.

THIRD CITIZEN

We do, sir. Tell us what brought you here.

CORIOLANUS

Mine own desert.

CORIOLANUS

It’s what I deserve.

SECOND CITIZEN

70Your own desert!

SECOND CITIZEN

It’s what you deserve!

CORIOLANUS

Ay, but not mine own desire.

CORIOLANUS

Yes, but it’s not what I desire.

THIRD CITIZEN

How not your own desire?

THIRD CITIZEN

You don’t desire it?

CORIOLANUS

No, sir,’twas never my desire yet to trouble the
poor with begging.

CORIOLANUS

No, sir, I never desired to trouble the poor with begging.

THIRD CITIZEN

75You must think, if we give you any thing, we hope to
gain by you.

THIRD CITIZEN

You must think that if we give you something, we hope to get something from you.

CORIOLANUS

Well then, I pray, your price o’ the consulship?

CORIOLANUS

Well then, tell me: what will it cost for you to give me the consulship?

FIRST CITIZEN

The price is to ask it kindly.

FIRST CITIZEN

The price is to ask for it kindly.

CORIOLANUS

Kindly! Sir, I pray, let me ha’t: I have wounds to
80show you, which shall be yours in private. Your
good voice, sir; what say you?

CORIOLANUS

Please, sir, kindly let me have it. I have wounds to show you, which I’ll show you in private. Your vote, sir, what do you say?

SECOND CITIZEN

You shall ha’ it, worthy sir.

SECOND CITIZEN

You’ll get my vote, worthy sir.

CORIOLANUS

A match, sir. There’s in all two worthy voices
begged. I have your alms: adieu.

CORIOLANUS

It’s a deal, sir. That’s two deserving votes I’ve secured. Thank you your charity. Goodbye.

THIRD CITIZEN

85But this is something odd.

THIRD CITIZEN

(to the other Citizens) This is strange.

SECOND CITIZEN

An ’twere to give again,--but ’tis no matter.

SECOND CITIZEN

If I could vote again, but never mind.
Exeunt the three Citizens
The three Citizens exit.
Re-enter two other Citizens
Two other Citizens re-enter.