No Fear Act 5 Scene 4
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SICINIUS

Yes, mercy, if you report him truly.

SICINIUS

He lacks the mercy of a god, if you’re telling the truth.

MENENIUS

I paint him in the character. Mark what mercy his
mother shall bring from him: there is no more mercy
in him than there is milk in a male tiger; that
30shall our poor city find: and all this is long of
you.

MENENIUS

I’m giving a sketch of his character. Let’s see how much mercy his mother gets out of him. There’s no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger. Our poor city will soon find this out, and it’s all because of you.

SICINIUS

The gods be good unto us!

SICINIUS

May the gods be good to us!

MENENIUS

No, in such a case the gods will not be good unto
us. When we banished him, we respected not them;
35and, he returning to break our necks, they respect not us.

MENENIUS

No, in this case the gods won’t be good to us. When we banished him, we dishonored them. And now he’s returning to break our necks, which shows that they don’t respect us.
Enter a Messenger
A Messenger enters.

MESSENGER

Sir, if you’ld save your life, fly to your house:
The plebeians have got your fellow-tribune
And hale him up and down, all swearing, if
The Roman ladies bring not comfort home,
40They’ll give him death by inches.

MESSENGER

Sir, if you want to save your life, go home immediately. The people have taken custody of your fellow tribune and are hauling him up and down the street, all swearing that if the Roman ladies don’t return with a peaceful resolution, they’ll torture him to death.
Enter a second Messenger
A second Messenger enters.

SICINIUS

What’s the news?

SICINIUS

What’s the news?

SECOND MESSENGER

Good news, good news; the ladies have prevail’d,
The Volscians are dislodged, and Martius gone:
A merrier day did never yet greet Rome,
45No, not the expulsion of the Tarquins.

SECOND MESSENGER

Good news, good news! The ladies have prevailed, the Volsces have retreated, and Martius is gone! Rome has never had a happier day. Not even the expulsion of the Tarquins tops this.

SICINIUS

Friend,
Art thou certain this is true? is it most certain?

SICINIUS

Friend, are you certain this is true? Is it absolutely certain?