Coriolanus


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Enter a Roman and a Volsce


ROMAN

I know you well, sir, and you know me. Your

name, I think, is Adrian.


VOLSCE

It is so, sir. Truly, I have forgot you.


ROMAN

I am a Roman; and my services are, as you are,

against 'em. Know you me yet?


VOLSCE

Nicanor, no?


ROMAN

The same, sir.


VOLSCE

You had more beard when I last saw you, but your

favour is well approved by your tongue. What's the news
appear (v.) 1 be plain, become apparent
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks

in Rome? I have a note from the Volscian state to find
state (n.) 10 government, ruling body, administration

you out there. You have well saved me a day's journey.


ROMAN

There hath been in Rome strange insurrections:

the people against the senators, patricians, and nobles.


VOLSCE

Hath been? Is it ended then? Our state thinks not

so. They are in a most warlike preparation, and hope to

come upon them in the heat of their division.


ROMAN

The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing

would make it flame again. For the nobles receive so to

heart the banishment of that worthy Coriolanus that

they are in a ripe aptness to take all power from the
ripe (adj.) 2 ready, inclined, well-disposed

people and to pluck from them their tribunes for ever.

This lies glowing, I can tell you, and is almost mature
mature (adj.) ready, ripe, set

for the violent breaking out.


VOLSCE

Coriolanus banished?


ROMAN

Banished, sir.


VOLSCE

You will be welcome with this intelligence,

Nicanor.


ROMAN

The day serves well for them now. I have heard it

said the fittest time to corrupt a man's wife is when she's

fallen out with her husband. Your noble Tullus Aufidius

will appear well in these wars, his great opposer, Coriolanus,

being now in no request of his country.


VOLSCE

He cannot choose. I am most fortunate thus
choose, cannot have no alternative, cannot do otherwise See Topics: Politeness

accidentally to encounter you. You have ended my business,

and I will merrily accompany you home.


ROMAN

I shall between this and supper tell you most

strange things from Rome, all tending to the good of

their adversaries. Have you an army ready, say you?


VOLSCE

A most royal one. The centurions and their

charges distinctly billeted, already in th' entertainment,
billet (v.) enrol, enter in a list
charge (n.) 2 company, command
distinctly (adv.) 1 individually, separately, personally
entertainment (n.) 7 payroll, service, employment

and to be on foot at an hour's warning.


ROMAN

I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the

man, I think, that shall set them in present action. So,

sir, heartily well met, and most glad of your company.


VOLSCE

You take my part from me, sir. I have the most

cause to be glad of yours.


ROMAN

Well, let us go together.

Exeunt

 
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