Coriolanus


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Enter Martius, Titus Lartius, with Drum and

Colours, with Captains, and Soldiers, as before the city
colours (n.) 2 colour-ensigns, standard-bearers

Corioles. To them a Messenger


MARTIUS

Yonder comes news. A wager they have met.


LARTIUS

My horse to yours, no.


MARTIUS

                         'Tis done.


LARTIUS

                                                         Agreed.


MARTIUS

Say, has our general met the enemy?
meet (v.) 1 fight with, meet in battle


MESSENGER

They lie in view, but have not spoke as yet.
speak (v.) 7 encounter, fight, exchange blows


LARTIUS

So, the good horse is mine.


MARTIUS

                         I'll buy him of you.


LARTIUS

No, I'll nor sell nor give him. Lend you him I will

For half a hundred years. (To the trumpeter) Summon the town.


MARTIUS

How far off lie these armies?


MESSENGER

                         Within this mile and half.


MARTIUS

Then shall we hear their 'larum, and they ours.
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 1 call to arms, call to battle, signal to begin fighting See Topics: Stage directions

Now Mars, I prithee, make us quick in work,

That we with smoking swords may march from hence
smoking (adj.) steaming hot, sending up spray

To help our fielded friends! Come, blow thy blast.
fielded (adj.) in the battle-field, engaged in battle

They sound a parley

Enter two Senators, with others, on the walls of

Corioles

Tullus Aufidius, is he within your walls?
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count


FIRST SENATOR

No, nor a man that fears you less than he:

That's lesser than a little. (Drum afar off) Hark! our drums

Are bringing forth our youth. We'll break our walls

Rather than they shall pound us up. Our gates,
pound (v.) shut up, confine [as animals in a pound]

Which yet seem shut, we have but pinned with rushes;

They'll open of themselves. (Alarum far off) Hark you, far off!

There is Aufidius. List what work he makes
list (v.) 3 listen to, pay attention to

Amongst your cloven army.
cloven (adj.) 2 broken apart, split in pieces


MARTIUS

                         O, they are at it!


LARTIUS

Their noise be our instruction. Ladders, ho!
instruction (n.) 5 lesson, education, direction

Enter the army of the Volsces


MARTIUS

They fear us not, but issue forth their city.

Now put your shields before your hearts, and fight

With hearts more proof than shields. Advance, brave Titus.
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
proof (adj.) 1 impenetrable, impervious, sound

They do disdain us much beyond our thoughts,

Which makes me sweat with wrath. Come on, my fellows.

He that retires, I'll take him for a Volsce,

And he shall feel mine edge.

Alarum. The Romans are beat back to their trenches.

Enter Martius, cursing


MARTIUS

All the contagion of the south light on you,
contagion (n.) 1 contagious quality, infecting influence
south (n.) south wind [believed to bring storms, and plague-carrying mists]

You shames of Rome! You herd of – Boils and plagues

Plaster you o'er, that you may be abhorred
abhor (v.) 1 loathe, abominate, regard with disgust

Further than seen, and one infect another

Against the wind a mile! You souls of geese

That bear the shapes of men, how have you run

From slaves that apes would beat! Pluto and hell!

All hurt behind! Backs red, and faces pale

With flight and agued fear! Mend and charge home,
agued (adj.) shivering, shaking [as with a fever]
home (adv.) 2 into the heart of the enemy, to the target
mend (v.) 3 do better, pull oneself together

Or, by the fires of heaven, I'll leave the foe

And make my wars on you. Look to't. Come on!

If you'll stand fast, we'll beat them to their wives,

As they us to our trenches. Follow's!

Alarum. The Volsces fly, and Martius follows

them to the gates, and is shut in

So, now the gates are ope. Now prove good seconds.
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count
second (n.) 1 supporter, helper, champion

'Tis for the followers fortune widens them,

Not for the fliers. Mark me, and do the like.
like, the the same
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

He enters the gates


FIRST SOLDIER

Fool-hardiness, not I.


SECOND SOLDIER

Nor I.


FIRST SOLDIER

See, they have shut him in.


ALL

To th' pot, I warrant him.
pot (n.) stew-pot, cooking-pot

Alarum continues

Enter Titus Lartius


LARTIUS

What is become of Martius?


ALL

                         Slain, sir, doubtless.


FIRST SOLDIER

Following the fliers at the very heels,

With them he enters, who upon the sudden

Clapped to their gates. He is himself alone,
clap to (v.) shut tight, slam shut

To answer all the city.
answer (v.) 5 cope with, face, encounter


LARTIUS

                         O noble fellow!

Who sensibly outdares his senseless sword,
outdare (v.) 2 exceed in daring, dare more than
senseless (adj.) 1 lacking human sensation, incapable of feeling
sensibly (adv.) 1 as a feeling person, with a sensitive body

And when it bows stand'st up. Thou art lost, Martius.

A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art,
carbuncle (n.) 1 fiery red precious stone

Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier

Even to Cato's wish, not fierce and terrible
even, e'en (adv.) 5 quite, fully, simply

Only in strokes, but with thy grim looks and

The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds

Thou mad'st thine enemies shake, as if the world

Were feverous and did tremble.

Enter Martius, bleeding, assaulted by the enemy


FIRST SOLDIER

                         Look, sir.


LARTIUS

                                                         O,'tis Martius!

Let's fetch him off, or make remain alike.
fetch off (v.) 1 rescue, get back, retrieve
remain (n.) remainder, rest

They fight, and all enter the city

 
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