Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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Enter VALERIA, with an Usher and Gentlewoman
VALERIA enters with an usher and a gentlewoman.

VALERIA

My ladies both, good day to you.

VALERIA

My ladies, good day to you both.

VOLUMNIA

Sweet madam.

VOLUMNIA

Sweet madam.

VIRGILIA

50I am glad to see your ladyship.

VIRGILIA

I’m glad to see you, your ladyship.

VALERIA

How do you both? you are manifest house-keepers.
(to Volumnia) What are you sewing here? A fine spot, in good
faith. (to Virgilia) How does your little son?

VALERIA

How are you both? You are remarkable house-keepers.
(to Volumnia) What are you sewing here? It looks like fine embroidery.
(to Virgilia) How is your little son?

VIRGILIA

I thank your ladyship; well, good madam.

VIRGILIA

Thank you, your ladyship. He’s fine, good madam.

VOLUMNIA

55He had rather see the swords, and hear a drum, than
look upon his school-master.

VOLUMNIA

He’d rather see the soldiers and hear a drum than do his schoolwork.

VALERIA

O’ my word, the father’s son: I’ll swear, ’tis a
very pretty boy. O’ my troth, I looked upon him o’
Wednesday half an hour together: has such a
60confirmed countenance. I saw him run after a gilded
butterfly: and when he caught it, he let it go
again; and after it again; and over and over he
comes, and again; catched it again; or whether his
fall enraged him, or how ’twas, he did so set his
65teeth and tear it; O, I warrant it, how he mammocked
it!

VALERIA

It’s true, he’s his father’s son. He’s a very good-looking boy. I spent half an hour with him on Wednesday. He is so determined. I saw him run after a golden butterfly, and when he caught it, he let it go and then went after it again. He fell down and got back up and again he caught the butterfly. I don’t know whether his fall enraged him or what, but he clenched his teeth and tore it. I tell you, he ripped it apart!

VOLUMNIA

One on ’s father’s moods.

VOLUMNIA

He has his father’s moods.

VALERIA

Indeed, la, ’tis a noble child.

VALERIA

Indeed, dear, he’s a noble child.

VIRGILIA

A crack, madam.

VIRGILIA

He’s devilish, madam.