Enter a Roman and a Volsce
I know you well, sir, and you know me. Your
name, I think, is Adrian.
It is so, sir. Truly, I have forgot you.
I am a Roman; and my services are, as you are,
against 'em. Know you me yet?
The same, sir.
You had more beard when I last saw you, but your
favour is well approved by your tongue. What's the news
in Rome? I have a note from the Volscian state to find
you out there. You have well saved me a day's journey.
There hath been in Rome strange insurrections:
the people against the senators, patricians, and nobles.
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.
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
people and to pluck from them their tribunes for ever.
This lies glowing, I can tell you, and is almost mature
for the violent breaking out.
You will be welcome with this intelligence,
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.
He cannot choose. I am most fortunate thus
accidentally to encounter you. You have ended my business,
and I will merrily accompany you home.
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?
A most royal one. The centurions and their
charges distinctly billeted, already in th' entertainment,
and to be on foot at an hour's warning.
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.
You take my part from me, sir. I have the most
cause to be glad of yours.
Well, let us go together.