No Fear Act 4 Scene 2
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To BRUTUS
To Brutus
Will you be gone?
Where are you going?

VIRGILIA

[To SICINIUS] You shall stay too: I would I had the power
To say so to my husband.

VIRGILIA

(to Sicinius) You stay, too. I wish I had the power to say that to my husband.

SICINIUS

Are you mankind?

SICINIUS

Are you a woman?

VOLUMNIA

25Ay, fool; is that a shame? Note but this fool.
Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship
To banish him that struck more blows for Rome
Than thou hast spoken words?

VOLUMNIA

You fool, are you trying to insult me? Listen, fool. Wasn’t my father a man? Are you so ungrateful that you’d banish the man who swung his sword for Rome more times than you’ve even opened your mouth to speak?

SICINIUS

O blessed heavens!

SICINIUS

Oh, blessed heavens!

VOLUMNIA

30More noble blows than ever thou wise words;
And for Rome’s good. I’ll tell thee what; yet go:
Nay, but thou shalt stay too: I would my son
Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,
His good sword in his hand.

VOLUMNIA

He fought nobly for Rome more times than you’ve ever spoken wise words. I’ll tell you what: go! No, stay actually. I wish my son were in the lawless deserts of Arabia, with his sword in hand, and your people stood before him.

SICINIUS

35What then?

SICINIUS

What would happen then?

VIRGILIA

What then!
He’ld make an end of thy posterity.

VIRGILIA

What would happen? He’d kill you, and your family line would end.

VOLUMNIA

Bastards and all.
Good man, the wounds that he does bear for Rome!

VOLUMNIA

Your bastard children’s, too. He’s a good man, and he was wounded fighting for Rome!

MENENIUS

40Come, come, peace.

MENENIUS

Now, now, stay calm.

SICINIUS

I would he had continued to his country
As he began, and not unknit himself
The noble knot he made.

SICINIUS

I wish he had continued to honor his country the way he always did, rather than renounce his loyalty.