Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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VIRGILIA

Indeed, madam?

VIRGILIA

Really, madam?

VALERIA

95In earnest, it’s true; I heard a senator speak it.
Thus it is: the Volsces have an army forth; against
whom Cominius the general is gone, with one part of
our Roman power: your lord and Titus Lartius are set
down before their city Corioli; they nothing doubt
100prevailing and to make it brief wars. This is true,
on mine honour; and so, I pray, go with us.

VALERIA

Yes, it’s true. I heard a senator talking. He said Cominius the general is leading one part of our Roman army against the oncoming Volsces. Your husband and Titus Lartius are attacking their city Corioles. They have no doubt that they’ll win and that the battle won’t last long. On my honor, this news is true. Please come out with us.

VIRGILIA

Give me excuse, good madam; I will obey you in every
thing hereafter.

VIRGILIA

Forgive me, good madam. I’ll do as you say from now on.

VOLUMNIA

(to Valeria) Let her alone, lady: as she is now, she will but
105disease our better mirth.

VOLUMNIA

(to Valeria) Let her stay home, lady. The way she is now, she’ll only detract from our celebration.

VALERIA

In troth, I think she would. Fare you well, then.
Come, good sweet lady. Prithee, Virgilia, turn thy
solemness out o’ door and go along with us.

VALERIA

I think you’re right—she will. Cheer up then, good sweet lady. Please, Virgilia, shake off your sad mood and come out with us.

VIRGILIA

No, at a word, madam; indeed, I must not. I wish
110you much mirth.

VIRGILIA

No. In a word, madam, I simply can’t. I wish you much happiness.

VALERIA

Well, then, farewell.

VALERIA

Well then, goodbye.
Exeunt
They all exit.