Coriolanus


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Enter Aufidius, with his Lieutenant
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


AUFIDIUS

Do they still fly to th' Roman?


LIEUTENANT

I do not know what witchcraft's in him, but

Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat,

Their talk at table and their thanks at end,

And you are darkened in this action, sir,
action (n.) 1 campaign, military action, strategy
darken (v.) obscure, eclipse, deprive of fame

Even by your own.


AUFIDIUS

                         I cannot help it now,

Unless by using means I lame the foot

Of our design. He bears himself more proudlier,

Even to my person, than I thought he would

When first I did embrace him. Yet his nature

In that's no changeling, and I must excuse
changeling (n./adj.) 4 waverer, turncoat, fickle thing

What cannot be amended.


LIEUTENANT

                         Yet I wish, sir –

I mean for your particular – you had not
particular, for your as far as you are concerned, in your case

Joined in commission with him, but either
commission (n.) 2 command, authority, power

Had borne the action of yourself, or else
action (n.) 1 campaign, military action, strategy
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 2 carry on, manage, conduct [an affair]

To him had left it solely.


AUFIDIUS

I understand thee well, and be thou sure,

When he shall come to his account, he knows not

What I can urge against him. Although it seems,

And so he thinks, and is no less apparent

To th' vulgar eye, that he bears all things fairly
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 2 carry on, manage, conduct [an affair]
vulgar (adj.) 5 familiar, ordinary, everyday

And shows good husbandry for the Volscian state,
husbandry (n.) 1 thrift, good economy, careful management

Fights dragon-like, and does achieve as soon
achieve (v.) 2 accomplish an intention, perform successfully

As draw his sword; yet he hath left undone

That which shall break his neck or hazard mine

Whene'er we come to our account.


LIEUTENANT

Sir, I beseech you, think you he'll carry Rome?
carry (v.) 1 secure, obtain, gain


AUFIDIUS

All places yield to him ere he sits down,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count
sit down (v.) begin a siege, encamp, blockade

And the nobility of Rome are his.

The senators and patricians love him too.

The tribunes are no soldiers, and their people

Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty

To expel him thence. I think he'll be to Rome

As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it
asprey (n.) osprey

By sovereignty of nature. First he was
nature (n.) 6 natural order, ungoverned state, way of the world [often personified]

A noble servant to them, but he could not

Carry his honours even. Whether 'twas pride,
even, e'en (adv.) 4 equably, evenly, steadily

Which out of daily fortune ever taints
fortune (n.) 1 good fortune, success
taint (v.) 1 sully, infect, stain

The happy man; whether defect of judgement,
happy (adj.) 1 fortunate, lucky, favoured

To fail in the disposing of those chances
disposing (n.) disposal, management, control

Which he was lord of; or whether nature,
nature (n.) 5 personality, innate disposition, character

Not to be other than one thing, not moving

From th' casque to th' cushion, but commanding peace
casque, caske (n.) helmet See Topics: Weapons
cushion (n.) seat of office, judgement seat

Even with the same austerity and garb
austerity (n.) severity, harshness, strictness
garb (n.) manner, style, fashion

As he controlled the war; but one of these –

As he hath spices of them all – not all,
spice (n.) touch, trace, dash

For I dare so far free him – made him feared,
free (v.) 1 absolve, acquit, clear

So hated, and so banished. But he has a merit

To choke it in the utterance. So our virtues

Lie in th' interpretation of the time;
time (n.) 1 (the) world, (the) age, society

And power, unto itself most commendable,

Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair
chair (n.) 3 place of authority
evident (adj.) 2 inevitable, certain, inescapable

T' extol what it hath done.

One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail;

Rights by rights fuller, strengths by strengths do fail.

Come, let's away. When, Caius, Rome is thine,

Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine.

Exeunt

 
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