No Fear Act 5 Scene 3
No Fear Act 5 Scene 3 Page 7

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He holds her by the hand, silent
Coriolanus holds her by the hand, silent.

CORIOLANUS

O mother, mother!
200What have you done? Behold, the heavens do ope,
The gods look down, and this unnatural scene
They laugh at. O my mother, mother! O!
You have won a happy victory to Rome;
But, for your son,—believe it, O, believe it,
205Most dangerously you have with him prevail’d,
If not most mortal to him. But, let it come.
Aufidius, though I cannot make true wars,
I’ll frame convenient peace. Now, good Aufidius,
Were you in my stead, would you have heard
210A mother less? or granted less, Aufidius?

CORIOLANUS

(crying) Oh, mother, mother! What have you done? Look, the heavens are opening, the gods are looking down and laughing at this unnatural scene. Oh, my mother, mother! Oh! You have won a happy victory for Rome. But for your son—believe it, oh, believe it—because you have convinced him, he’s now in mortal danger. But let it come. Aufidius, though I cannot fight this war for you, I’ll make arrange a peaceful settlement, fair to both sides. Now, good Aufidius, if you were in my place, wouldn’t you have listened to your mother and done as I did, Aufidius?

AUFIDIUS

I was moved withal.

AUFIDIUS

I was moved by what she said.

CORIOLANUS

I dare be sworn you were:
And, sir, it is no little thing to make
Mine eyes to sweat compassion. But, good sir,
215What peace you’ll make, advise me: for my part,
I’ll not to Rome, I’ll back with you; and pray you,
Stand to me in this cause. O mother! wife!

CORIOLANUS

I know you were! And, sir, it is no small achievement to make me cry tears of compassion. But, good sir, tell me that you’ll make peace. For my part, I won’t go to Rome—I’ll go back with you. And please, support me in this effort. Oh, mother! Wife!

AUFIDIUS

[Aside] I am glad thou hast set thy mercy and
thy honour
220At difference in thee: out of that I’ll work
Myself a former fortune.

AUFIDIUS

(aside) I’m glad you’ve distinguished between your mercy and your honor. I’ll be able to rebuild my former fortune because of that distinction.