Coriolanus

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Enter a company of mutinous Citizens, with staves,

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clubs, and other weapons

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Before we proceed any further, hear me

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speak.

 

ALL

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Speak, speak.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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You are all resolved rather to die than to

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famish?

 

ALL

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Resolved, resolved.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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First, you know Caius Martius is chief

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enemy to the people?

 

ALL

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We know't, we know't.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at

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our own price. Is't a verdict?
verdict (n.) 3 unanimous decision, agreed judgement

 

ALL

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No more talking on't. Let it be done. Away, away!

 

SECOND CITIZEN

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One word, good citizens.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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We are accounted poor citizens, the patricians

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good. What authority surfeits on would relieve
authority (n.) 4 those in authority, the ruling class
good (adj.) 10 rich, wealthy, substantial
surfeit (v.) 1 feed to excess, overindulge, glut

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us. If they would yield us but the superfluity while it

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were wholesome, we might guess they relieved us
guess (v.) 1 assume, surmise, suppose
wholesome (adj.) 5 good, nutritious, fit to eat

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humanely. But they think we are too dear. The leanness
dear (adj.) 4 expensive, costly
humanely (adv.) out of fellow feeling, as fellow human beings

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that afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as an inventory
inventory (n.) detailed list, itemization
object (n.) 1 spectacle, sight, object of attention

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to particularise their abundance. Our sufferance is a
particularize (v.) give details of, itemize
sufferance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, hardship

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gain to them. Let us revenge this with our pikes, ere we
pike (n.) 4 pitchfork, hayfork

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become rakes. For the gods know I speak this in hunger

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for bread, not in thirst for revenge.

 

SECOND CITIZEN

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Would you proceed especially against

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Caius Martius?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Against him first. He's a very dog to the
dog (n.) 2 ruthless enemy, merciless beast

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commonalty.
commonalty (n.) common people, community

 

SECOND CITIZEN

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Consider you what services he has

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done for his country?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Very well, and could be content to give

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him good report for't, but that he pays himself with being
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready

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proud.

 

SECOND CITIZEN

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Nay, but speak not maliciously.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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I say unto you, what he hath done

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famously he did it to that end. Though soft-conscienced
end (n.) 1 purpose, aim, design
famously (adv.) gloriously, with renown
soft-conscienced (adj.) soft-headed, easy-going, lacking real convictions

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men can be content to say it was for his country, he did
content (adj.) 3 satisfied, calm, easy in mind

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it to please his mother and to be partly proud, which he

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is, even to the altitude of his virtue.
virtue (n.) 3 courage, valour, bravery

 

SECOND CITIZEN

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What he cannot help in his nature, you

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account a vice in him. You must in no way say he is

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covetous.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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If I must not, I need not be barren of

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accusations. He hath faults, with surplus, to tire in
repetition (n.) 1 recital, narration, relating

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repetition.

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Shouts within

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What shouts are these? The other side o'th' city is risen.

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Why stay we prating here? To th' Capitol!

 

ALL

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Come, come.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Soft, who comes here?

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Enter Menenius Agrippa

 

SECOND CITIZEN

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Worthy Menenius Agrippa, one that

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hath always loved the people.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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He's one honest enough. Would all the

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rest were so!

 

MENENIUS

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What work's, my countrymen, in hand? Where go you

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With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I pray you.
bat (n.) cudgel, staff, stick
matter (n.) 5 reason, cause, ground

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Our business is not unknown to th'

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Senate. They have had inkling this fortnight what we

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intend to do, which now we'll show'em in deeds. They

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say poor suitors have strong breaths. They shall know
suitor (n.) petitioner, supplicant, entreater

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we have strong arms too.

 

MENENIUS

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Why, masters, my good friends, mine honest neighbours,

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Will you undo yourselves?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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We cannot, sir, we are undone already.
undo (v.) 1 ruin, destroy, wipe out
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down

 

MENENIUS

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I tell you, friends, most charitable care

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Have the patricians of you. For your wants,

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Your suffering in this dearth, you may as well
dearth (n.) 1 scarcity, shortage, lack [of food], famine

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Strike at the heaven with your staves as lift them

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Against the Roman state, whose course will on
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding

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The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs
curb (n.) controlling chain or strap passed under a horse's jaw; check, restraint

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Of more strong link asunder than can ever

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Appear in your impediment. For the dearth,
dearth (n.) 1 scarcity, shortage, lack [of food], famine
impediment (n.) obstruction, hindrance, obstacle

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The gods, not the patricians, make it, and

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Your knees to them, not arms, must help. Alack,

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You are transported by calamity
transport (v.) 1 carry off, move along

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Thither where more attends you, and you slander

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The helms o'th' state, who care for you like fathers,
helm (n.) 2 helmsman, guide, pilot

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When you curse them as enemies.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Care for us? True indeed! They ne'er

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cared for us yet. Suffer us to famish, and their storehouses

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crammed with grain; make edicts for usury, to

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support usurers; repeal daily any wholesome act established
wholesome (adj.) 2 reasonable, sensible, rational

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established against the rich, and provide more piercing
piercing (adj.) 2 oppressive, severe, distressing

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statutes daily to chain up and restrain the poor. If the
statute (n.) 1 law, decree, regulation

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wars eat us not up, they will; and there's all the love they

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bear us.

 

MENENIUS

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Either you must

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Confess yourselves wondrous malicious,

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Or be accused of folly. I shall tell you

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A pretty tale. It may be you have heard it,
pretty (adj.) 2 nice, proper, apt

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But, since it serves my purpose, I will venture

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To stale't a little more.
stale (v.) 1 make stale, wear out

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Well, I'll hear it, sir. Yet you must not

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think to fob off our disgrace with a tale. But, an't please
disgrace (n.) 1 misfortune, calamity, injury
fob off (v.) put off with a trick, get rid of, dispose of

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you, deliver.
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe

 

MENENIUS

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There was a time when all the body's members

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Rebelled against the belly, thus accused it:

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That only like a gulf it did remain
gulf (n.) 2 abyss, chasm, pit

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I'th' midst o'th' body, idle and unactive,
unactive (adj.) inactive, slothful, sluggish

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Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing
cupboard (v.) stow away, keep in, hoard
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually
viand (n.) (usually plural) food, victuals, foodstuff

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Like labour with the rest, where th' other instruments
instrument (n.) 3 organ, faculty, functioning part
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal

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Did see and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel,
devise (v.) 1 ponder, deliberate, think

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And, mutually participate, did minister

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Unto the appetite and affection common
affection (n.) 1 fancy, inclination, desire

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Of the whole body. The belly answered –

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Well, sir, what answer made the belly?

 

MENENIUS

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Sir, I shall tell you. With a kind of smile,

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Which ne'er came from the lungs, but even thus –

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For look you, I may make the belly smile

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As well as speak – it tauntingly replied
taintingly (adv.) [probable error for] tauntingly

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To th' discontented members, the mutinous parts

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That envied his receipt; even so most fitly
fitly (adv.) 1 justly, fittingly, aptly
receipt (n.) 1 what is received, acquisition, gain

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As you malign our senators for that

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They are not such as you.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Your belly's answer – What!

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The kingly crownéd head, the vigilant eye,

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The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier,

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Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter,

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With other muniments and petty helps
muniment (n.) support, furnishing, provision

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In this our fabric, if that they –

 

MENENIUS

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What then?

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'Fore me, this fellow speaks! What then? what then?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Should by the cormorant belly be restrained
cormorant (adj.) greedy, insatiable, all-devouring

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Who is the sink o'th' body –
sink (n.) cesspool, waste pit, sewer

 

MENENIUS

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Well, what then?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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The former agents, if they did complain,

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What could the belly answer?

 

MENENIUS

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I will tell you.

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If you'll bestow a small – of what you have little –
bestow (v.) 1 give, provide, grant

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Patience awhile, you'st hear the belly's answer.

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Y'are long about it.

 

MENENIUS

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Note me this, good friend –

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Your most grave belly was deliberate,

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Not rash like his accusers, and thus answered.

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‘ True is it, my incorporate friends,’ quoth he,
incorporate (adj.) united in one body, combined in one entity

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‘ That I receive the general food at first

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Which you do live upon; and fit it is,
fit (adj.) 1 suited, fitting, appropriate

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Because I am the storehouse and the shop
shop (n.) workshop, workroom

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Of the whole body. But, if you do remember,

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I send it through the rivers of your blood

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Even to the court, the heart, to th' seat o'th' brain;
seat (n.) 1 throne

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And, through the cranks and offices of man,
crank (n.) 1 winding passage, meandering duct
office (n.) 8 (plural) servants' quarters, service rooms

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The strongest nerves and small inferior veins
nerve (n.) 1 sinew, ligament, muscle

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From me receive that natural competency
competency (n.) 1 means of life, sufficiency

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Whereby they live. And though that all at once ’ –

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You, my good friends, this says the belly, mark me –
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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Ay, sir, well, well.

 

MENENIUS

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‘ Though all at once cannot

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See what I do deliver out to each,

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Yet I can make my audit up, that all

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From me do back receive the flour of all,
flour (n.) fine essence, best part

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And leave me but the bran.’ What say you to't?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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It was an answer. How apply you this?

 

MENENIUS

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The senators of Rome are this good belly,

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And you the mutinous members. For examine

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Their counsels and their cares, digest things rightly
counsel (n.) 2 opinion, judgement
digest, disgest (v.) 4 understand, interpret, comprehend

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Touching the weal o'th' common, you shall find
common (n.) 2 state, people, community
touch (v.) 1 affect, concern, regard, relate to
weal 2 welfare, well-being, prosperity

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No public benefit which you receive

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But it proceeds or comes from them to you,

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And no way from yourselves. What do you think,

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You, the great toe of this assembly?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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I the great toe? Why the great toe?

 

MENENIUS

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For that being one o'th' lowest, basest, poorest
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank

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Of this most wise rebellion, thou goest foremost.

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Thou rascal, that art worst in blood to run,
blood, in [hunting] full of life, in fine condition
rascal (n.) 2 young or inferior deer in a herd; one of the common herd
rascal (n.) 1 worthless wretch, good-for-nothing

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Lead'st first to win some vantage.
vantage (n.) 2 advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority

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But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs.
bat (n.) cudgel, staff, stick
stiff (adj.) 1 stout, strong, tough

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Rome and her rats are at the point of battle;

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The one side must have bale.

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Enter Caius Martius
bale (n.) sorrow, pain, misfortune

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Hail, noble Martius!

 

MARTIUS

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Thanks. What's the matter, you dissentious rogues,
dissentious (adj.) quarrelsome, argumentative, fractious

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That, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion

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Make yourselves scabs?

 

FIRST CITIZEN

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We have ever your good word.

 

MARTIUS

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He that will give good words to thee will flatter

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Beneath abhorring. What would you have, you curs,
abhorring (n.) 1 abhorrence, disgust, loathing

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That like nor peace nor war? The one affrights you,
affright (v.) frighten, terrify, scare

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The other makes you proud. He that trusts to you,
proud (adj.) 3 high-spirited, high-mettled

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Where he should find you lions, finds you hares;

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Where foxes, geese. You are no surer, no,
sure (adj.) 4 loyal, trustworthy, steadfast

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Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,

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Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is
virtue (n.) 1 quality, accomplishment, ability

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To make him worthy whose offence subdues him
subdue (v.) 2 control, overcome

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And curse that justice did it. Who deserves greatness

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Deserves your hate; and your affections are
affection (n.) 1 fancy, inclination, desire

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A sick man's appetite, who desires most that

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Which would increase his evil. He that depends
evil (n.) 2 malady, illness, disease

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Upon your favours swims with fins of lead

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And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye! Trust Ye?

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With every minute you do change a mind

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And call him noble that was now your hate,

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Him vile that was your garland. What's the matter
garland (n.) 2 pride, glory, hero

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That in these several places of the city
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

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You cry against the noble Senate, who,

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Under the gods, keep you in awe, which else

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Would feed on one another? What's their seeking?
seeking (n.) suit, petition

 

MENENIUS

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For corn at their own rates, whereof they say

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The city is well stored.

 

MARTIUS

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                         Hang 'em! They say?

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They'll sit by th' fire and presume to know

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What's done i'th' Capitol, who's like to rise,

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Who thrives and who declines; side factions and give out
decline (v.) 2 fall, descend, come down
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably
side (v.) take sides with, join

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Conjectural marriages, making parties strong

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And feebling such as stand not in their liking
feeble (v.) make feeble, weaken

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Below their cobbled shoes. They say there's grain enough!
cobbled (adj.) roughly mended, patched, botched

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Would the nobility lay aside their ruth
ruth (n.) pity, compassion, sympathy

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And let me use my sword, I'd make a quarry
quarry (n.) [in hunting] heap of dead, pile of bodies

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With thousands of these quartered slaves as high
quartered (adj.) 1 cut into four pieces

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As I could pick my lance.
pick (v.) 1 throw, pitch, hurl

 

MENENIUS

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Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded,

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For though abundantly they lack discretion,

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Yet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech you,
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely

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What says the other troop?
dissolve (v.) 2 separate, part, break up

 

MARTIUS

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                         They are dissolved. Hang 'em!

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They said they were an-hungry, sighed forth proverbs –

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That hunger broke stone walls, that dogs must eat,

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That meat was made for mouths, that the gods sent not

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Corn for the rich men only. With these shreds

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They vented their complainings; which being answered,
complaining (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, gripe
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim

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And a petition granted them – a strange one,

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To break the heart of generosity
generosity (n.) nobility, aristocracy

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And make bold power look pale – they threw their caps
power (n.) 3 authority, government

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As they would hang them on the horns o'th' moon,

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Shouting their emulation.
emulation (n.) 2 triumph, success, accomplishment

 

MENENIUS

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                         What is granted them?

 

MARTIUS

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Five tribunes to defend their vulgar wisdoms,

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Of their own choice. One's Junius Brutus, one

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Sicinius Velutus, and I know not.'Sdeath!

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The rabble should have first unroofed the city

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Ere so prevailed with me. It will in time

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Win upon power and throw forth greater themes
power (n.) 3 authority, government
theme (n.) 1 subject, subject-matter, topic of discourse
win upon (v.) prevail over, overcome

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For insurrection's arguing.

 

MENENIUS

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                         This is strange.

 

MARTIUS

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Go get you home, you fragments.

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Enter a Messenger, hastily

 

MESSENGER

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Where's Caius Martius?

 

MARTIUS

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                         Here. What's the matter?

 

MESSENGER

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The news is, sir, the Volsces are in arms.

 

MARTIUS

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I am glad on't. Then we shall ha' means to vent
vent (v.) 2 get rid of, cast out

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Our musty superfluity. See, our best elders.

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Enter Cominius, Titus Lartius, with other Senators;

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Junius Brutus and Sicinius Velutus

 

FIRST SENATOR

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Martius, 'tis true that you have lately told us:

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The Volsces are in arms.

 

MARTIUS

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                         They have a leader,

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Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to't.
to it, to't to the test, to death

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I sin in envying his nobility,

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And were I anything but what I am,

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I would wish me only he.
together (adv.) 3 against each other

 

COMINIUS

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                         You have fought together.

 

MARTIUS

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Were half to half the world by th' ears and he
ears, by the at odds, fighting like beasts

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Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make
party (n.) 1 side, faction, camp

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Only my wars with him. He is a lion

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That I am proud to hunt.

 

FIRST SENATOR

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                         Then, worthy Martius,

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Attend upon Cominius to these wars.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

 

COMINIUS

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It is your former promise.

 

MARTIUS

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                         Sir, it is,

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And I am constant. Titus Lartius, thou
constant (adj.) 1 faithful, steadfast, true

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Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus' face.

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What, art thou stiff? Stand'st out?
stand out (v.) 1 not take part, not be involved
stiff (adj.) 3 disabled, incapacitated, unable to join in

 

LARTIUS

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                         No, Caius Martius,

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I'll lean upon one crutch and fight with t'other

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Ere stay behind this business.

 

MENENIUS

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                         O, true bred!

 

FIRST SENATOR

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Your company to th' Capitol, where I know

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Our greatest friends attend us.

  

Lartius

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(to Cominius)
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect

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                          Lead you on.

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(to Martius) Follow Cominius. We must follow you.

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Right worthy you priority.

 

COMINIUS

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                         Noble Martius!

  

FIRST SENATOR

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(to the Citizens)

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Hence to your homes; be gone!

 

MARTIUS

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                         Nay, let them follow.

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The Volsces have much corn. Take these rats thither

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To gnaw their garners. (Citizens steal away) Worshipful mutineers,

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Your valour puts well forth. Pray follow.
put forth (v.) 3 make a show, come forward, promise

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Exeunt Patricians. Sicicnius and Brutus stay behind

 

SICINIUS

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Was ever man so proud as is this Martius?

 

BRUTUS

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He has no equal.

 

SICINIUS

Cor I.i.252 
When we were chosen tribunes for the people –

 

BRUTUS

Cor I.i.253.1 
Marked you his lip and eyes?
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]

 

SICINIUS

Cor I.i.253.2 
                         Nay, but his taunts.

 

BRUTUS

Cor I.i.254 
Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
gird (v.) 2 mock, taunt, laugh [at]
move (v.) 2 move to anger, provoke, exasperate
spare (v.) 1 omit, avoid, refrain [from]

 

SICINIUS

Cor I.i.255 
Bemock the modest moon.
bemock (v.) mock at, taunt, flout

 

BRUTUS

Cor I.i.256 
The present wars devour him; he is grown

Cor I.i.257.1 
Too proud to be so valiant.

 

SICINIUS

Cor I.i.257.2 
                         Such a nature,

Cor I.i.258 
Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow
success (n.) 1 result, outcome, issue
tickle (v.) 4 flatter, gratify, please

Cor I.i.259 
Which he treads on at noon. But I do wonder

Cor I.i.260 
His insolence can brook to be commanded
brook (v.) 1 endure, tolerate, put up with
command (v.) 3 entrust, authorize, delegate

Cor I.i.261.1 
Under Cominius.

 

BRUTUS

Cor I.i.261.2 
                         Fame, at the which he aims –

Cor I.i.262 
In whom already he's well graced – cannot

Cor I.i.263 
Better be held nor more attained than by

Cor I.i.264 
A place below the first; for what miscarries
miscarry (v.) 3 go wrong, fail, be unsuccessful
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank

Cor I.i.265 
Shall be the general's fault, though he perform

Cor I.i.266 
To th' utmost of a man, and giddy censure
censure (n.) 1 assessment, opinion, judgement, criticism
giddy (adj.) 1 frivolous, flighty, fickle, irresponsible

Cor I.i.267 
Will then cry out of Martius, ‘ O, if he

Cor I.i.268.1 
Had borne the business!’

 

SICINIUS

Cor I.i.268.2 
                         Besides, if things go well,

Cor I.i.269 
Opinion that so sticks on Martius, shall
opinion (n.) 1 public opinion, popular judgement
stick (v.) 1 be placed, be fixed

Cor I.i.270.1 
Of his demerits rob Cominius.
demerit (n.) (plural) merits, deserts, deserving

 

BRUTUS

Cor I.i.270.2 
                         Come.

Cor I.i.271 
Half all Cominius' honours are to Martius,

Cor I.i.272 
Though Martius earned them not; and all his faults

Cor I.i.273 
To Martius shall be honours, though indeed

Cor I.i.274.1 
In aught he merit not.
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing
dispatch, despatch (n.) 1 settlement of business, sorting out of affairs

 

SICINIUS

Cor I.i.274.2 
                         Let's hence and hear

Cor I.i.275 
How the dispatch is made, and in what fashion,

Cor I.i.276 
More than his singularity, he goes
singularity (n.) 1 individuality, distinctiveness, personal qualities

Cor I.i.277.1 
Upon this present action.

 

BRUTUS

Cor I.i.277.2 
                         Let's along.

Cor I.i.277 
Exeunt

 
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