No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
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MENENIUS

A hundred thousand welcomes. I could weep
185And I could laugh, I am light and heavy. Welcome.
A curse begin at very root on’s heart,
That is not glad to see thee! You are three
That Rome should dote on: yet, by the faith of men,
We have some old crab-trees here
190at home that will not
Be grafted to your relish. Yet welcome, warriors:
We call a nettle but a nettle and
The faults of fools but folly.

MENENIUS

A hundred thousand welcomes. I could weep and I could laugh. I’m happy and sad. Welcome. May a curse reach to the very root of anyone’s heart who isn’t happy to see you! Rome should honor you as it would three men. However, we have some bitter old men here who refuse to applaud you. But welcome, warriors! Some things just are what they are, and fools don’t understand.

COMINIUS

Ever right.

COMINIUS

You’re right.

CORIOLANUS

195Menenius ever, ever.

CORIOLANUS

You’re always right, Menenius.

HERALD

Give way there, and go on!

HERALD

Make way. Keep walking.

CORIOLANUS

[To VOLUMNIA and VIRGILIA] Your hand, and yours:
Ere in our own house I do shade my head,
The good patricians must be visited;
200From whom I have received not only greetings,
But with them change of honours.

CORIOLANUS

(to Volumnia and Virgilia) Give me your hands. Before I can go home and rest, I must visit the nobles because they haven’t only welcomed me back but have also honored me with this new name.

VOLUMNIA

I have lived
To see inherited my very wishes
And the buildings of my fancy: only
205There’s one thing wanting, which I doubt not but
Our Rome will cast upon thee.

VOLUMNIA

I’ve lived to see all my wishes come true and to possess all the things I wanted. Now there’s only one thing left, which I’m sure that Rome will give you.