Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 1

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Rome. A street.
A street in Rome.
Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, all the Gentry, COMINIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, and other Senators
Trumpets sound. CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, all the noblemen, COMINIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, and other Senators enter.

CORIOLANUS

Tullus Aufidius then had made new head?

CORIOLANUS

Tullus Aufidius had assembled a new army?

LARTIUS

He had, my lord; and that it was which caused
Our swifter composition.

LARTIUS

He had, my lord, and that was why we needed to reach an agreement sooner than expected.

CORIOLANUS

So then the Volsces stand but as at first,
5Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road.
Upon’s again.

CORIOLANUS

So then, the Volsces will be able to attack us again when the time is right.

COMINIUS

They are worn, lord consul, so,
That we shall hardly in our ages see
Their banners wave again.

COMINIUS

They’re worn out, lord consul, so we won’t likely see their banners wave again in our lifetime.

CORIOLANUS

10Saw you Aufidius?

CORIOLANUS

Did you see Aufidius?

LARTIUS

On safe-guard he came to me; and did curse
Against the Volsces, for they had so vilely
Yielded the town: he is retired to Antium.

LARTIUS

He came to me, under high security, and cursed the Volsces because they had failed so miserably by letting the town be captured. He has retreated to Antium.

CORIOLANUS

Spoke he of me?

CORIOLANUS

Did he talk about me?

LARTIUS

15He did, my lord.

LARTIUS

He did, my lord.

CORIOLANUS

How? what?

CORIOLANUS

What did he say?

LARTIUS

How often he had met you, sword to sword;
That of all things upon the earth he hated
Your person most, that he would pawn his fortunes
20To hopeless restitution, so he might
Be call’d your vanquisher.

LARTIUS

He spoke of how often you and he had met in battle. He said that of all things on earth, he hated you the most and that he would pawn his fortunes until he was hopelessly broke in order to defeat you.