Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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VALERIA

70Come, lay aside your stitchery; I must have you play
the idle husewife with me this afternoon.

VALERIA

Set aside your stitching. Pretend to be an idle housewife with me this afternoon.

VIRGILIA

No, good madam; I will not out of doors.

VIRGILIA

No, good madam. I can’t go out today.

VALERIA

Not out of doors!

VALERIA

Can’t go out?

VOLUMNIA

She shall, she shall.

VOLUMNIA

She will, she will.

VIRGILIA

75Indeed, no, by your patience; I’ll not over the
threshold till my lord return from the wars.

VIRGILIA

No. Please let me stay in. I won’t cross the threshold until my husband returns from the war.

VALERIA

Fie, you confine yourself most unreasonably: come,
you must go visit the good lady that lies in.

VALERIA

You’re being unreasonable to confine yourself. Come, you must go visit our neighbor, who’s expecting a baby.

VIRGILIA

I will wish her speedy strength, and visit her with
80my prayers; but I cannot go thither.

VIRGILIA

I wish her an easy birth and send her my prayers, but I can’t go see her.

VOLUMNIA

Why, I pray you?

VOLUMNIA

Why not?

VIRGILIA

’Tis not to save labour, nor that I want love.

VIRGILIA

It’s not because I’m lazy or don’t care for her.

VALERIA

You would be another Penelope: yet, they say, all
the yarn she spun in Ulysses’ absence did but fill
85Ithaca full of moths. Come; I would your cambric
were sensible as your finger, that you might leave
pricking it for pity. Come, you shall go with us.

VALERIA

You’re like another Penelope, except they say that all the yarn she spun in Ulysses’ absence only filled Ithaca with moths. I wish your embroidery cloth were as sensitive as your finger, that way you might take pity on it and stop pricking it. Come with us.

VIRGILIA

No, good madam, pardon me; indeed, I will not forth.

VIRGILIA

No, good madam, please excuse me. I won’t go.

VALERIA

In truth, la, go with me; and I’ll tell you
90excellent news of your husband.

VALERIA

Truly, come with me, and I’ll tell you excellent news about your husband.

VIRGILIA

O, good madam, there can be none yet.
Oh, good madam, there can’t be good news yet.

VALERIA

Verily, I do not jest with you; there came news from
him last night.

VALERIA

I’m not kidding you. News came from him last night.