Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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FIRST SENATOR

Noble tribunes,
410It is the humane way: the other course
Will prove too bloody, and the end of it
Unknown to the beginning.

FIRST SENATOR

Noble tribunes, this is the humane way. The other course of action will prove too bloody, and we have no idea what we’re getting ourselves into.

SICINIUS

Noble Menenius,
Be you then as the people’s officer.
415Masters, lay down your weapons.

SICINIUS

Noble Menenius, you may act on behalf of the people. Good people, lay your weapons down.

BRUTUS

Go not home.

BRUTUS

Don’t go home.

SICINIUS

Meet on the market-place. We’ll attend you there:
Where, if you bring not Martius, we’ll proceed
In our first way.

SICINIUS

Meet us in the marketplace. We’ll wait for you there. If you don’t bring Martius, we’ll continue with our original plans.

MENENIUS

420I’ll bring him to you.

MENENIUS

I’ll bring him to you.
(to the Senators) Come with me. We must bring him, or something worse will happen.
To the Senators
Let me desire your company: he must come,
Or what is worst will follow.

FIRST SENATOR

Pray you, let’s to him.

FIRST SENATOR

Yes, let’s go to him.
Exeunt
All exit.