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  Act 4 Scene 5

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FIRST SERVINGMAN

Directitude! what’s that?

FIRST SERVANT

Dejectitude! What’s that?

THIRD SERVINGMAN

210But when they shall see, sir, his crest up again,
and the man in blood, they will out of their
burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with
him.

THIRD SERVANT

But when they see that his spirits have lifted and that he’s a man in full vitality again, they’ll come out of hiding, like rabbits after a rain, and celebrate with him.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

But when goes this forward?

FIRST SERVANT

When will this happen?

THIRD SERVINGMAN

215To-morrow; to-day; presently; you shall have the
drum struck up this afternoon: ’tis, as it were, a
parcel of their feast, and to be executed ere they
wipe their lips.

THIRD SERVANT

Tomorrow, today, soon. You’ll hear the battle drum by this afternoon. It’s like part of their feast and will be underway before they’ve wiped their lips.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

Why, then we shall have a stirring world again.
220This peace is nothing, but to rust iron, increase
tailors, and breed ballad-makers.

SECOND SERVANT

Then things will come back to life again here. This peace does nothing but rust iron and make people become tailors and singers.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace as far as
day does night; it’s spritely, waking, audible, and
full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy;
225mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible; a getter of more
bastard children than war’s a destroyer of men.

FIRST SERVANT

I say: give me war. It’s better than peace the way night is better than day. It’s spritely, waking, loud, and spirited. Peace is the definition of stagnation, of lethargy. It’s dull, deaf, sleepy, and unfeeling. It creates more bastard children than wars destroy men.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

’Tis so: and as war, in some sort, may be said to
be a ravisher, so it cannot be denied but peace is a
great maker of cuckolds.

SECOND SERVANT

It’s true. And while war can be said to be seductive in a sense, it cannot be denied that in times of peace, wives cheat on their husbands.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

230Ay, and it makes men hate one another.

FIRST SERVANT

Yes, and it makes men hate one another.

THIRD SERVINGMAN

Reason; because they then less need one another.
The wars for my money. I hope to see Romans as cheap
as Volscians. They are rising, they are rising.
ALL
235In, in, in, in!

THIRD SERVANT

Because they need one another less. I’d give my money to have war! I hope the Romans are as cheap as the Volsces. (A noise comes from offstage) They’re getting up from the table.
ALL 
In, in, in, in!