Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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VOLUMNIA

Do your will.

VOLUMNIA

Do what you need to do.
Exit
VOLUMNIA exits.

COMINIUS

Away! the tribunes do attend you: arm yourself
165To answer mildly; for they are prepared
With accusations, as I hear, more strong
Than are upon you yet.

COMINIUS

Go! The tribunes are waiting for you. Be prepared to answer questions mildly. I’ve heard that they have even stronger accusations than the ones they’ve made so far.

CORIOLANUS

The word is ‘mildly.’ Pray you, let us go:
Let them accuse me by invention, I
170Will answer in mine honour.

CORIOLANUS

The key word is “mild.” Please, let’s go. Let them invent accusations against me, and I’ll answer honorably.

MENENIUS

Ay, but mildly.

MENENIUS

Yes, but mildly.

CORIOLANUS

Well, mildly be it then. Mildly!

CORIOLANUS

Well, mildly it will be then. Mildly!
Exeunt
All exit.