Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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BRUTUS

Has said enough.

BRUTUS

He has said enough.

SICINIUS

Has spoken like a traitor, and shall answer
200As traitors do.

SICINIUS

He has spoken like a traitor and must be punished as a traitor.

CORIOLANUS

Thou wretch, despite o’erwhelm thee!
What should the people do with these bald tribunes?
On whom depending, their obedience fails
To the greater bench: in a rebellion,
205When what’s not meet, but what must be, was law,
Then were they chosen: in a better hour,
Let what is meet be said it must be meet,
And throw their power i’ the dust.

CORIOLANUS

You wretch. I feel overwhelming contempt for you! Why should the people have these stupid tribunes? By depending on you, they fail to obey the Senate’s higher authority. In a rebellion, actions that are wrong but unavoidable are sanctioned because of the circumstances under which they are chosen. But when times are better, it must be said that what is right must be done. So throw the tribunes’ power in the garbage.

BRUTUS

Manifest treason!

BRUTUS

That’s blatantly treason!

SICINIUS

210This a consul? no.

SICINIUS

This man is consul? No.

BRUTUS

The aediles, ho!

BRUTUS

Enter an Aedile
An aedile enters.
Let him be apprehended.
Seize him.

SICINIUS

Go, call the people:

SICINIUS

Go, call the people.
Exit Aedile
The aedile exits.
in whose name myself
215Attach thee as a traitorous innovator,
A foe to the public weal: obey, I charge thee,
And follow to thine answer.
(to Coriolanus) In the people’s name I call you a traitorous rebel, an enemy to the people. Obey, I command you, and follow me to your interrogation. [SICINIUS tries to seize CORIOLANUS]

CORIOLANUS

Hence, old goat!

CORIOLANUS

Get off me, old goat!