Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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BRUTUS

We stay here for the people.

BRUTUS

We’ll stay here with the people.

SICINIUS

155Fare you well.

SICINIUS

Good luck.
Exeunt CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS
CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS exit.
He has it now, and by his looks methink
’Tis warm at ’s heart.
He has the consulship now, and he looks happy about it.

BRUTUS

With a proud heart he wore his humble weeds.
will you dismiss the people?

BRUTUS

He wore the gown of humility, but his heart was still proud. Will you let the people’s vote stand?
Re-enter Citizens
Citizens reenter.

SICINIUS

160How now, my masters! have you chose this man?

SICINIUS

How are you, good people? Have you chosen this man?

FIRST CITIZEN

He has our voices, sir.

FIRST CITIZEN

He has our votes, sir.

BRUTUS

We pray the gods he may deserve your loves.

BRUTUS

We pray to the gods that he deserves your favor.

SECOND CITIZEN

Amen, sir: to my poor unworthy notice,
He mock’d us when he begg’d our voices.

SECOND CITIZEN

Amen, sir. I’m not certain, but I think he mocked us while asking for our votes.

THIRD CITIZEN

165Certainly
He flouted us downright.

THIRD CITIZEN

He expressed his contempt for us in no uncertain terms.

FIRST CITIZEN

No, ’tis his kind of speech: he did not mock us.

FIRST CITIZEN

No, that’s just the way he speaks. He didn’t mock us.

SECOND CITIZEN

Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says
He used us scornfully: he should have show’d us
170His marks of merit, wounds received for’s country.

SECOND CITIZEN

All of us, except you, say he used us scornfully. He should have showed us his marks of merit, the wounds he received for his country.

SICINIUS

Why, so he did, I am sure.

SICINIUS

I’m sure he showed you.

CITIZENS

No, no; no man saw ’em.

CITIZENS

No, no. No one saw them.

THIRD CITIZEN

He said he had wounds, which he could show
in private;
175And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
‘I would be consul,’ says he: ‘aged custom,
But by your voices, will not so permit me;
Your voices therefore.’ When we granted that,
Here was ‘I thank you for your voices: thank you:
180Your most sweet voices: now you have left
your voices,
I have no further with you.’ Was not this mockery?

THIRD CITIZEN

He said he had wounds he could show in private. He waved his hat scornfully and said, “I should be the consul but because of this ancient custom, I can’t be without your votes, so give me your votes.” When we gave them to him, he said, “I thank you for your votes. Thank you. Your most sweet votes, now that you’ve given me your votes, I have no further use for you.” Isn’t that mockery?