Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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CORIOLANUS

At Antium lives he?

CORIOLANUS

He’s living in Antium?

LARTIUS

At Antium.

LARTIUS

In Antium.

CORIOLANUS

I wish I had a cause to seek him there,
25To oppose his hatred fully. Welcome home.

CORIOLANUS

I wish I had a reason to go there and show him how much I hate him, too. Welcome home.
Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS
SICINIUS and BRUTUS enter.
Behold, these are the tribunes of the people,
The tongues o’ the common mouth: I do despise them;
For they do prank them in authority,
Against all noble sufferance.
Look, here are the tribunes. I hate them because their authority is an insult to the power of the nobility.

SICINIUS

30Pass no further.

SICINIUS

Go no further.

CORIOLANUS

Ha! what is that?

CORIOLANUS

Ha! What did you say?

BRUTUS

It will be dangerous to go on: no further.

BRUTUS

It will be dangerous for you to go any further.

CORIOLANUS

What makes this change?

CORIOLANUS

What’s changed?

MENENIUS

The matter?

MENENIUS

What’s the matter?

COMINIUS

35Hath he not pass’d the noble and the common?

COMINIUS

Hasn’t he been approved by the nobility and the common people?

BRUTUS

Cominius, no.

BRUTUS

No, Cominius.

CORIOLANUS

Have I had children’s voices?

CORIOLANUS

Have they broken their promise like children?

FIRST SENATOR

Tribunes, give way; he shall to the market-place.

FIRST SENATOR

Tribunes, let us through. He’s going to the marketplace.

BRUTUS

The people are incensed against him.

BRUTUS

The people are furious with him.

SICINIUS

40Stop,
Or all will fall in broil.

SICINIUS

Stop, or a riot will break out.

CORIOLANUS

Are these your herd?
Must these have voices, that can yield them now
And straight disclaim their tongues? What are
45your offices?
You being their mouths, why rule you not their teeth?
Have you not set them on?

CORIOLANUS

Is this your herd? Why do these people have the right to vote, if they can vote one way and then immediately change their mind? What’s your job? If you control what they think and say, can’t you control what they do? Have you incited them against us?