No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
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BRUTUS and SICINIUS go aside
BRUTUS and SICINIUS go aside.
Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and VALERIA
VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and VALERIA enter.
95How now, my as fair as noble ladies,—and the moon,
were she earthly, no nobler,—whither do you follow
your eyes so fast?
How are you, my dear noble ladies? You are like the moon on earth—what are you looking at?

VOLUMNIA

Honourable Menenius, my boy Martius approaches; for
the love of Juno, let’s go.

VOLUMNIA

Honorable Menenius, my son Martius approaches. For the love of Juno, let’s go.

MENENIUS

100Ha! Martius coming home!

MENENIUS

What? Martius is coming home?

VOLUMNIA

Ay, worthy Menenius; and with most prosperous approbation.

VOLUMNIA

Yes, worthy Menenius, and he’s proudly victorious.

MENENIUS

Take my cap, Jupiter, and I thank thee. Hoo!
Martius coming home!

MENENIUS

I take my hat off in thanks to you, Jupiter, king of the gods. Hoo! Martius is coming home!

VOLUMNIA AND VIRGILIA

Nay, ’tis true.

VOLUMNIA AND VIRGILIA

Yes, it’s true.

VOLUMNIA

105Look, here’s a letter from him: the state hath
another, his wife another; and, I think, there’s one
at home for you.

VOLUMNIA

Look, here’s a letter from him. He sent another to the Senate and another to his wife. I think there’s one at home for you.

MENENIUS

I will make my very house reel tonight: a letter for
me!

MENENIUS

My household will be thrilled tonight. A letter for me!

VIRGILIA

110Yes, certain, there’s a letter for you; I saw’t.

VIRGILIA

Yes, I’m certain there’s a letter for you. I saw it.

MENENIUS

A letter for me! it gives me an estate of seven
years’ health; in which time I will make a lip at
the physician: the most sovereign prescription in
Galen is but empiricutic, and, to this preservative,
115of no better report than a horse-drench. Is he
not wounded? he was wont to come home wounded.

MENENIUS

A letter for me! It makes me live seven years longer, and all the while I’ll laugh at my doctor. The most well-established prescription according to the great doctor Galen is nothing but an experimental cure, and compared to this news, it’s worth no more than horse medicine. Is he wounded? He was likely to come home wounded.