Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 6

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COMINIUS

If!
115He is their god: he leads them like a thing
Made by some other deity than nature,
That shapes man better; and they follow him,
Against us brats, with no less confidence
Than boys pursuing summer butterflies,
120Or butchers killing flies.

COMINIUS

If? Then he is their god. He leads them as if he were a thing made by some other deity than nature, one that makes stronger men. And they follow him, against us children, with the confidence of boys pursuing summer butterflies or butchers killing flies.

MENENIUS

You have made good work,
You and your apron-men; you that stood so up much
on the voice of occupation and
The breath of garlic-eaters!

MENENIUS

(to the tribunes) This is all your doing, you and the tradesmen you represent. You that built your power on the workmen’s votes and the wishes of the lower class!

COMINIUS

125He will shake
Your Rome about your ears.

COMINIUS

He’ll bring Rome to its knees.

MENENIUS

As Hercules
Did shake down mellow fruit.
You have made fair work!

MENENIUS

The city is ready to fall like the ripe fruits Hercules had to shake down from the trees. You are responsible for all of this!

BRUTUS

130But is this true, sir?

BRUTUS

But is this true, sir?

COMINIUS

Ay; and you’ll look pale
Before you find it other. All the regions
Do smilingly revolt; and who resist
Are mock’d for valiant ignorance,
135And perish constant fools. Who is’t can blame him?
Your enemies and his find something in him.

COMINIUS

Yes, and you’ll be dead before it’s otherwise. All the regions are revolting. Whoever resists is mocked for their ignorant courage and then killed as a loyal fool. Who can blame Martius? Your enemies and his find something in him.