No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
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CORIOLANUS

Know, good mother,
I had rather be their servant in my way,
Than sway with them in theirs.

CORIOLANUS

Mother, you know I’d prefer to serve the senators as a soldier than to be a public servant myself.

COMINIUS

210On, to the Capitol!

COMINIUS

Let’s go the capitol!
Flourish. Cornets. Exeunt in state, as before. BRUTUS and SICINIUS come forward
Trumpets sounds. All exit except BRUTUS and SICINIUS.

BRUTUS

All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
Are spectacled to see him: your prattling nurse
Into a rapture lets her baby cry
While she chats him: the kitchen malkin pins
215Her richest lockram ’bout her reechy neck,
Clambering the walls to eye him: stalls, bulks, windows,
Are smother’d up, leads fill’d, and ridges horsed
With variable complexions, all agreeing
In earnestness to see him: seld-shown flamens
220Do press among the popular throngs and puff
To win a vulgar station: or veil’d dames
Commit the war of white and damask in
Their nicely-gawded cheeks to the wanton spoil
Of Phoebus’ burning kisses: such a pother
225As if that whatsoever god who leads him
Were slily crept into his human powers
And gave him graceful posture.

BRUTUS

Everyone is talking about him. People who are nearly blind wear glasses just to see him. Babbling nurses let babies cry in a tantrum while they talk about him. The kitchen maid pins her best linen around her dirty neck and climbs up the wall to see him. Storefronts are boarded up, leaden roofs covered over and all different types of people are riding their horses on top of the roofs, all trying to see him. Priests who rarely come out in public are mixed in with the common people and struggle to find a place in the crowd. Women who usually wear veils
are letting their pale cheeks get sunburned. There is such mayhem that it seems like whichever god is guiding Martius has taken over his very body and given him a godly way of being.

SICINIUS

On the sudden,
I warrant him consul.

SICINIUS

It seems like he may become a member of the consul.