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  Act 5 Scene 6

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SECOND LORD

Peace, ho! no outrage: peace!
145The man is noble and his fame folds-in
This orb o’ the earth. His last offences to us
Shall have judicious hearing. Stand, Aufidius,
And trouble not the peace.

SECOND LORD

Peace! Stop! No outrage. Peace! The man is noble and his fame is known around the world. We will review his most recent offenses fairly in the court of law. Stop, Aufidius, don’t disturb the peace.

CORIOLANUS

O that I had him,
150With six Aufidiuses, or more, his tribe,
To use my lawful sword!

CORIOLANUS

(drawing his sword) Oh, I wish I could lawfully kill him and his whole family with my sword.

AUFIDIUS

Insolent villain!

AUFIDIUS

Contemptuous villain!

ALL CONSPIRATORS

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill him!

ALL CONSPIRATORS

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill him!
The Conspirators draw, and kill CORIOLANUS: AUFIDIUS stands on his body
The Conspirators draw their swords and kill CORIOLANUS. AUFIDIUS stands on his body.

LORDS

Hold, hold, hold, hold!

LORDS

Wait, wait, wait, wait!

AUFIDIUS

155My noble masters, hear me speak.

AUFIDIUS

My noble masters, hear me speak.

FIRST LORD

O Tullus,—

FIRST LORD

Oh, Tullus—

SECOND LORD

Thou hast done a deed whereat valour will weep.

SECOND LORD

You’ve done a dishonorable deed.

THIRD LORD

Tread not upon him. Masters all, be quiet;
Put up your swords.

THIRD LORD

Don’t stand on him. Noble ones, be quiet. Put away your swords.

AUFIDIUS

160My lords, when you shall know—as in this rage,
Provoked by him, you cannot—the great danger
Which this man’s life did owe you, you’ll rejoice
That he is thus cut off. Please it your honours
To call me to your senate, I’ll deliver
165Myself your loyal servant, or endure
Your heaviest censure.

AUFIDIUS

My lords, when you understand—because in this rage he provoked, you cannot—the great danger this man intended to put you in, you’ll rejoice that he has been stopped. If your honors will please call me to your Senate, I’ll prove myself to have been your loyal servant or endure your strictest punishment.