Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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AEDILE

I shall inform them.

AEDILE

I’ll tell them.

BRUTUS

25And when such time they have begun to cry,
Let them not cease, but with a din confused
Enforce the present execution
Of what we chance to sentence.

BRUTUS

And when they begin to cry out, don’t let them stop. The chaotic noise will force their decision to be carried out on the spot.

AEDILE

Very well.

AEDILE

Very well.

SICINIUS

30Make them be strong and ready for this hint,
When we shall hap to give ’t them.

SICINIUS

Prepare them for this. They have to be able to get the signal when we give it to them.

BRUTUS

Go about it.

BRUTUS

Do it.
Exit Aedile
The Aedile exits.
Put him to choler straight: he hath been used
Ever to conquer, and to have his worth
35Of contradiction: being once chafed, he cannot
Be rein’d again to temperance; then he speaks
What’s in his heart; and that is there which looks
With us to break his neck.
Get him angry right away. He’s accustomed to always winning and being as controversial as he pleases. Once he’s provoked, he won’t be able to rein in his temper. Then he’ll say how he really feels, and most likely we can use that as reason to break his neck.

SICINIUS

Well, here he comes.

SICINIUS

Well, here he comes.
Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, and COMINIUS, with Senators and Patricians
CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, and COMINIUS enter, with Senators and Noblemen.

MENENIUS

40Calmly, I do beseech you.

MENENIUS

Stay calm, I beg you.

CORIOLANUS

Ay, as an ostler, that for the poorest piece
Will bear the knave by the volume. The honour’d gods
Keep Rome in safety, and the chairs of justice
Supplied with worthy men! plant love among ’s!
45Throng our large temples with the shows of peace,
And not our streets with war!

CORIOLANUS

Yes, like a stable boy that for the smallest amount of money will tolerate being called a slave over and over again. May the honored gods protect Rome and supply the chairs of justice with worthy men! Let there be love among us!
Fill our large temples with demonstrations of peace and not our streets with war!