Coriolanus


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A flourish. Cornets. Enter Tullus Aufidius, bloody,

with two or three Soldiers


AUFIDIUS

The town is ta'en.


FIRST SOLDIER

'Twill be delivered back on good condition.
condition (n.) 6 settlement, terms, pact


AUFIDIUS

Condition?

I would I were a Roman, for I cannot,

Being a Volsce, be that I am. Condition?

What good condition can a treaty find
condition (n.) 3 nature, state, circumstances

I'th' part that is at mercy? Five times, Martius,

I have fought with thee; so often hast thou beat me;

And wouldst do so, I think, should we encounter

As often as we eat. By th' elements,
element (n.) 3 (plural) forces of nature, atmospheric powers

If e'er again I meet him beard to beard,

He's mine or I am his. Mine emulation

Hath not that honour in't it had; for where

I thought to crush him in an equal force,
equal (adj.) 1 fair, equitable, evenhanded
force (n.) 3 opposition, resistance, strength

True sword to sword, I'll potch at him some way
potch (v.) poke, thrust, jab

Or wrath or craft may get him.


FIRST SOLDIER

                         He's the devil.


AUFIDIUS

Bolder, though not so subtle. My valour's poisoned

With only suffering stain by him; for him
stain (n.) 1 disgrace, shame

Shall fly out of itself. Nor sleep nor sanctuary,
fly (v.) 1 leave, run away [from], flee

Being naked, sick, nor fane nor Capitol,
fane (n.) 1 temple
naked (adj.) 1 defenceless, undefended, unarmed

The prayers of priests nor times of sacrifice,

Embarquements all of fury, shall lift up
embarquement (n.) embargo, impediment, prohibition

Their rotten privilege and custom 'gainst
rotten (adj.) 3 flawed, erroneous, corrupt

My hate to Martius. Where I find him, were it

At home upon my brother's guard, even there,
guard (n.) 1 protection, keeping, custody

Against the hospitable canon, would I
canon (n.) 1 law, decree, rule
hospitable (adj.) offering hospitality, affording welcome

Wash my fierce hand in's heart. Go you to th' city.

Learn how 'tis held, and what they are that must

Be hostages for Rome.


FIRST SOLDIER

                         Will not you go?


AUFIDIUS

I am attended at the cypress grove. I pray you –

'Tis south the city mills – bring me word thither

How the world goes, that to the pace of it

I may spur on my journey.


FIRST SOLDIER

                         I shall, sir.

Exeunt

 
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