Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

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The same. A street near the gate.
The same street, near the gate.
Enter SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an Aedile
SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an aedile enter.

SICINIUS

Bid them all home; he’s gone, and we’ll no further.
The nobility are vex’d, whom we see have sided
In his behalf.

SICINIUS

Tell them all to go home. He’s gone, and we won’t go any further. The nobles who sided with him are angry.

BRUTUS

Now we have shown our power,
5Let us seem humbler after it is done
Than when it was a-doing.

BRUTUS

Now that we’ve exerted our power, let’s at least pretend to be humble, like before.

SICINIUS

Bid them home:
Say their great enemy is gone, and they
Stand in their ancient strength.

SICINIUS

Tell them to go home. Explain that their great enemy is gone and that their freedoms have been restored.

BRUTUS

10Dismiss them home.

BRUTUS

Send them home.
Exit Aedile
The aedile exits.
Here comes his mother.
Here comes his mother.

SICINIUS

Let’s not meet her.

SICINIUS

Let’s not talk to her.

BRUTUS

Why?

BRUTUS

Why?

SICINIUS

They say she’s mad.

SICINIUS

They say she’s crazy.

BRUTUS

15They have ta’en note of us: keep on your way.

BRUTUS

They’ve seen us. Keep walking.
Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS
VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS enter.

VOLUMNIA

O, ye’re well met: the hoarded plague o’ the gods
Requite your love!

VOLUMNIA

Some coincidence, running into you. May the gods repay you for this with the plague!

MENENIUS

Peace, peace; be not so loud.

MENENIUS

Calm down. Don’t be so loud.

VOLUMNIA

If that I could for weeping, you should hear,—
20Nay, and you shall hear some.

VOLUMNIA

If I could cry quietly I would. You should hear me cry—
No, you will hear me.