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Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

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CORIOLANUS
Let go.
CORIOLANUS
Stop it.
VOLUMNIA
You might have been enough the man you are,
With striving less to be so; lesser had been
25The thwartings of your dispositions, if
You had not show’d them how ye were disposed
Ere they lack’d power to cross you.
VOLUMNIA
You would’ve been enough of a man without fighting so hard to prove yourself. The people wouldn’t have condemned you if you hadn’t shown them your true disposition before they lost the power to stop you.
CORIOLANUS
Let them hang.
CORIOLANUS
Let them hang.
A PATRICIAN
Ay, and burn too.
A NOBLEMAN
Yes, and burn, too.
Enter MENENIUS and Senators
MENENIUS and Senators enter.
MENENIUS
30Come, come, you have been too rough, something
too rough;
You must return and mend it.
MENENIUS
Come, come, you’ve been a bit too rough. You must go back and fix things with the people.
FIRST SENATOR
There’s no remedy;
Unless, by not so doing, our good city
35Cleave in the midst, and perish.
FIRST SENATOR
There’s no remedy. Unless you go, our good city will break in two and be ruined.
VOLUMNIA
Pray, be counsell’d:
I have a heart as little apt as yours,
But yet a brain that leads my use of anger
To better vantage.
VOLUMNIA
Please, listen to this advice. I’m as stubborn as you are, but I’m smart enough to use my anger to my advantage.
MENENIUS
40Well said, noble woman!
Before he should thus stoop to the herd, but that
The violent fit o’ the time craves it as physic
For the whole state, I would put mine armour on,
Which I can scarcely bear.
MENENIUS
Well said, noble woman. Before he returns to the masses, given the current violent climate in the state, which demands a solution to this problem, I’d like to put my armor on, even though I am barely strong enough to wear it.