Coriolanus


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Enter Coriolanus in mean apparel, disguised and muffled
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor


CORIOLANUS

A goodly city is this Antium. City,

'Tis I that made thy widows. Many an heir

Of these fair edifices 'fore my wars
'fore (prep.) 2 in the face of

Have I heard groan and drop. Then know me not,

Lest that thy wives with spits and boys with stones

In puny battle slay me.

Enter a Citizen

                         Save you, sir.


CITIZEN

And you.


CORIOLANUS

                         Direct me, if it be your will,

Where great Aufidius lies. Is he in Antium?


CITIZEN

He is, and feasts the nobles of the state

At his house this night.


CORIOLANUS

                         Which is his house, beseech you?


CITIZEN

This here before you.


CORIOLANUS

                         Thank you, sir. Farewell.

Exit Citizen

O world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn,
slippery (adj.) 1 fickle, treacherous, uncertain
turn (n.) 3 change, inconstancy, vicissitude

Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,

Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise

Are still together, who twin, as 'twere, in love
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Unseparable, shall within this hour,

On a dissension of a doit, break out
dissension (n.) dispute, squabble, quarrel [over]
doit (n.) [small Dutch coin = half an English farthing] trivial sum, worthless amount, trifle See Topics: Money

To bitterest enmity. So, fellest foes,
fell (adj.) 2 mighty, terrible

Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep

To take the one the other, by some chance,

Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends
trick (n.) 6 bauble, trifle, whim

And interjoin their issues. So with me.
interjoin (v.) unite, join with one another
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

My birthplace hate I, and my love's upon

This enemy town. I'll enter. If he slay me,

He does fair justice. If he give me way,
give (v.) 1 grant, allow, bestow
way (n.) 7 opportunity, scope

I'll do his country service.

Exit

 
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