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No Fear Act 4 Scene 5
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CORIOLANUS

You bless me, gods!

CORIOLANUS

You bless me, gods!

AUFIDIUS

140Therefore, most absolute sir, if thou wilt have
The leading of thine own revenges, take
The one half of my commission; and set down—
As best thou art experienced, since thou know’st
Thy country’s strength and weakness,—thine own ways;
145Whether to knock against the gates of Rome,
Or rudely visit them in parts remote,
To fright them, ere destroy. But come in:
Let me commend thee first to those that shall
Say yea to thy desires. A thousand welcomes!
150And more a friend than e’er an enemy;
Yet, Martius, that was much. Your hand: most welcome!

AUFIDIUS

Incomparable sir, if you’d like to take the lead with your own revenge, take over half of my command. Because you have the most experience and you know Rome’s strengths and weaknesses, decide for yourself whether to attack the city directly at the gates or to sneak up on them in the faraway territories and frighten them before destroying them. Either way, come in. Let me introduce you to those who will approve of your desires. A thousand welcomes! You’re more of a friend now than you were ever an enemy—and you were a great enemy. Give me your hand—you are most welcome!
Exeunt CORIOLANUS and AUFIDIUS. The two Servingmen come forward
CORIOLANUS and AUFIDIUS exit. The two Servants come forward.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

Here’s a strange alteration!

FIRST SERVANT

That was an unexpected turn of events!

SECOND SERVINGMAN

By my hand, I had thought to have strucken him with
a cudgel; and yet my mind gave me his clothes made a
155false report of him.

SECOND SERVANT

I swear, I had thought about striking him with a club, but I knew his clothes were a disguise.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

What an arm he has! he turned me about with his
finger and his thumb, as one would set up a top.

FIRST SERVANT

What an arm he has! He turned me around with just his finger and his thumb, the way you’d spin a top.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

Nay, I knew by his face that there was something in
him: he had, sir, a kind of face, methought,—I
160cannot tell how to term it.

SECOND SERVANT

No, I knew by his face that there was something about him. He had, sir, a kind of face, I thought—I don’t know how to describe it.