No Fear Act 4 Scene 5
No Fear Act 4 Scene 5 Page 7

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FIRST SERVINGMAN

He had so; looking as it were—would I were hanged,
but I thought there was more in him than I could think.

FIRST SERVANT

He had a kind of face that looked like it was—I can’t find the words for the life of me, but I knew there was more to him than I could see.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

So did I, I’ll be sworn: he is simply the rarest
man i’ the world.

SECOND SERVANT

So did I. I swear, he is simply the most unique man in the world.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

165I think he is: but a greater soldier than he you wot on.

FIRST SERVANT

I agree, but you already know a better soldier.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

Who, my master?

SECOND SERVANT

Who, my master?

FIRST SERVINGMAN

Nay, it’s no matter for that.

FIRST SERVANT

It’s no contest.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

Worth six on him.

SECOND SERVANT

He’s worth six of him.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

Nay, not so neither: but I take him to be the
170greater soldier.

FIRST SERVANT

That’s not true. I think he’s the better soldier.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

Faith, look you, one cannot tell how to say that:
for the defence of a town, our general is excellent.

SECOND SERVANT

How could anyone ever say who’s actually better? For defending towns, our general is excellent.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

Ay, and for an assault too.

FIRST SERVANT

Yes, and for attacking them, too.
Re-enter third Servingman
The Third Servant reenters.

THIRD SERVINGMAN

O slaves, I can tell you news,—news, you rascals!

THIRD SERVANT

Oh, slaves, I have news for you—news, you rascals!

FIRST SERVINGMAN AND SECOND SERVINGMAN

175What, what, what? let’s partake.

FIRST SERVANT AND SECOND SERVANT

What, what, what? Tell us.

THIRD SERVINGMAN

I would not be a Roman, of all nations; I had as
lieve be a condemned man.

THIRD SERVANT

I’d rather be from anywhere than Rome. I’d gladly prefer to be condemned to die.

FIRST SERVINGMAN AND SECOND SERVINGMAN

Wherefore? wherefore?

FIRST SERVANT AND SECOND SERVANT

Why? Why?

THIRD SERVINGMAN

Why, here’s he that was wont to thwack our general,
180Caius Martius.

THIRD SERVANT

Because Caius Martius, the man who was inclined to thwack our general, is here.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

Why do you say ‘thwack our general’?

FIRST SERVANT

What do you mean, “thwack our general”?

THIRD SERVINGMAN

I do not say ‘thwack our general;’ but he was always
good enough for him.

THIRD SERVANT

I don’t mean “thwack our general,” but he could have.