Coriolanus


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Act I
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Act IV
Act V
Enter Coriolanus, Volumnia, Virgilia, Menenius,

Cominius, with the young Nobility of Rome


CORIOLANUS

Come, leave your tears. A brief farewell. The beast

With many heads butts me away. Nay, mother,

Where is your ancient courage? You were used
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 1 long-established, long-standing

To say extremities was the trier of spirits;
extremity (n.) 4 extreme urgency, absolute necessity, crisis

That common chances common men could bear;

That when the sea was calm all boats alike

Showed mastership in floating; fortune's blows

When most struck home, being gentle wounded craves
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count
home (adv.) 1 fully, thoroughly, unsparingly

A noble cunning. You were used to load me
cunning (n.) 1 skill, ability, expertise

With precepts that would make invincible

The heart that conned them.
con (v.) 1 learn by heart, commit to memory


VIRGILIA

O heavens! O heavens!


CORIOLANUS

                         Nay, I prithee, woman –


VOLUMNIA

Now the red pestilence strike all trades in Rome,

And occupations perish!
occupation (n.) 1 handicraft, trade, employment


CORIOLANUS

                         What, what, what!

I shall be loved when I am lacked. Nay, mother,
lack (v.) miss, be no longer here

Resume that spirit when you were wont to say,

If you had been the wife of Hercules,

Six of his labours you'd have done, and saved

Your husband so much sweat. Cominius,

Droop not. Adieu. Farewell, my wife, my mother.

I'll do well yet. Thou old and true Menenius,

Thy tears are salter than a younger man's

And venomous to thine eyes. My sometime general,
sometime (adj.) former, previous
venomous (adj.) 1 harmful, injurious, hurtful

I have seen thee stern, and thou hast oft beheld
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

Heart-hardening spectacles. Tell these sad women
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

'Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes,
fond (adj.) 1 foolish, stupid, mad
stroke (n.) 1 blow, attack, assault

As 'tis to laugh at 'em. My mother, you wot well

My hazards still have been your solace, and
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Believe't not lightly – though I go alone,
lightly (adv.) 3 slightly, in small degree

Like to a lonely dragon that his fen
fen (n.) marshland, swamp
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with

Makes feared and talked of more than seen – your son

Will or exceed the common or be caught
common (n.) 4 commonplace, ordinary, average

With cautelous baits and practise.
cautelous (adj.) 1 crafty, deceitful, wily
practice (n.) 1 scheme, plot, stratagem, intrigue


VOLUMNIA

                         My first son,

Whither wilt thou go? Take good Cominius

With thee awhile. Determine on some course
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

More than a wild exposture to each chance
exposture (n.) exposure, laying open
wild (adj.) 2 rash, reckless, careless

That starts i'th' way before thee.


CORIOLANUS

                         O the gods!


COMINIUS

I'll follow thee a month, devise with thee

Where thou shalt rest, that thou mayst hear of us

And we of thee. So if the time thrust forth

A cause for thy repeal, we shall not send
cause (n.) 3 occasion, circumstance
repeal (n.) recall, return from banishment

O'er the vast world to seek a single man,

And lose advantage, which doth ever cool
advantage (n.) 1 right moment, favourable opportunity

I'th' absence of the needer.


CORIOLANUS

                         Fare ye well.

Thou hast years upon thee, and thou art too full

Of the wars' surfeits to go rove with one
surfeit (n.) 1 excess, over-indulgence

That's yet unbruised. Bring me but out at gate.

Come, my sweet wife, my dearest mother, and

My friends of noble touch; when I am forth,
touch (n.) 1 trait, quality, feature

Bid me farewell, and smile. I pray you come.

While I remain above the ground you shall

Hear from me still, and never of me aught
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

But what is like me formerly.


MENENIUS

                         That's worthily

As any ear can hear. Come, let's not weep.

If I could shake off but one seven years

From these old arms and legs, by the good gods,

I'd with thee every foot.


CORIOLANUS

                         Give me thy hand.

Come.

Exeunt

 
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