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  Act 4 Scene 1

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VOLUMNIA

35My first son.
Whither wilt thou go? Take good Cominius
With thee awhile: determine on some course,
More than a wild exposture to each chance
That starts i’ the way before thee.

VOLUMNIA

My firstborn son, where will you go? Take good Cominius with you for a while. Figure out a plan other than just dealing with things as they come up.

CORIOLANUS

40O the gods!

CORIOLANUS

Oh, the gods!

COMINIUS

I’ll follow thee a month, devise with thee
Where thou shalt rest, that thou mayst hear of us
And we of thee: so if the time thrust forth
A cause for thy repeal, we shall not send
45O’er the vast world to seek a single man,
And lose advantage, which doth ever cool
I’ the absence of the needer.

COMINIUS

I’ll go with you for a month and help you find a place to stay and a way to communicate with us. That way, if they overturn your sentence, we won’t have to look all over the whole world to find you and lose momentum on your return.

CORIOLANUS

Fare ye well:
Thou hast years upon thee; and thou art too full
50Of the wars’ surfeits, to go rove with one
That’s yet unbruised: bring me but out at gate.
Come, my sweet wife, my dearest mother, and
My friends of noble touch, when I am forth,
Bid me farewell, and smile. I pray you, come.
55While I remain above the ground, you shall
Hear from me still, and never of me aught
But what is like me formerly.

CORIOLANUS

No, I must go alone. You’re too old, and you’ve been in too many wars to go roaming around with someone like me, who’s still fresh. Just take me to the gate. Come, my sweet wife, my dearest mother, and my noble friends. When I go, wish me safe travels and smile. I promise that so long as I’m still alive you’ll hear from me, and the news will be the same as it’s always been about me.