Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

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VOLSCE

Coriolanus banished!

VOLSCE

Coriolanus has been banished!

ROMAN

Banished, sir.

ROMAN

Banished, sir.

VOLSCE

You will be welcome with this intelligence, Nicanor.

VOLSCE

You’ll be welcome with this news, Nicanor.

ROMAN

The day serves well for them now. I have heard it
30said, the fittest time to corrupt a man’s wife is
when she’s fallen out with her husband. Your noble
Tullus Aufidius will appear well in these wars, his
great opposer, Coriolanus, being now in no request
of his country.

ROMAN

Things are looking good for the Volsces now. As they say, the best time to seduce another man’s wife is when she’s in a fight with her husband. Your noble Tullus Aufidius will do well in this attack, since his main enemy, Coriolanus, is no longer fighting for his own country.

VOLSCE

35He cannot choose. I am most fortunate, thus
accidentally to encounter you: you have ended my
business, and I will merrily accompany you home.

VOLSCE

His victory is inevitable. I’m so glad to run into you. You’ve told me what I needed to know, and I’ll happily accompany you home.

ROMAN

I shall, between this and supper, tell you most
strange things from Rome; all tending to the good of
40their adversaries. Have you an army ready, say you?

ROMAN

Between now and dinner, I’ll tell you all the strange things that are happening in Rome, all of which is good news to her enemies. You said you had an army ready?

VOLSCE

A most royal one; the centurions and their charges,
distinctly billeted, already in the entertainment,
and to be on foot at an hour’s warning.

VOLSCE

A most royal army. Each officer commands a hundred men, and they are all accounted for and deployable on an hour’s notice.

ROMAN

I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the
45man, I think, that shall set them in present action.
So, sir, heartily well met, and most glad of your company.

ROMAN

I’m overjoyed to hear that they’re ready. I think my report will be what sends them into battle. So glad we met, sir.

VOLSCE

You take my part from me, sir; I have the most cause
to be glad of yours.

VOLSCE

Me, too, sir. I have even more reason to be glad to have met you.