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Coriolanus

Coriolanus Translation Act 3, Scene 2

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Enter CORIOLANUS with Patricians

CORIOLANUS

Let them puff all about mine ears, present me Death on the wheel or at wild horses' heels, Or pile ten hills on the Tarpeian rock, That the precipitation might down stretch Below the beam of sight, yet will I still Be thus to them.

CORIOLANUS

Let them say what they will. They can threaten me with death on the rack or threaten to drag me behind wild horses, or pile ten hills on top of the Tarpeian cliff so that the rain stretches down out of sight, but still I will resist them.

A PATRICIAN

You do the nobler.

SeNator

In doing so, you are honorable.

CORIOLANUS

I muse my mother Does not approve me further, who was wont To call them woollen vassals, things created To buy and sell with groats, to show bare heads In congregations, to yawn, be still and wonder, When one but of my ordinance stood up To speak of peace or war.

CORIOLANUS

I wonder why my mother isn't even more proud of me. She always called the people dumb servants, machines made to buy and sell, just bodies in the room, which yawn and silently wonder when someone with my strength stood up to speak of peace or war.

Enter VOLUMNIA

CORIOLANUS

I talk of you: Why did you wish me milder? would you have me False to my nature? Rather say I play The man I am.

CORIOLANUS

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VOLUMNIA

O, sir, sir, sir,I would have had you put your power well on,Before you had worn it out.

VOLUMNIA

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CORIOLANUS

Let go.

CORIOLANUS

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VOLUMNIA

You might have been enough the man you are, With striving less to be so; lesser had been The thwartings of your dispositions, if You had not show'd them how ye were disposed Ere they lack'd power to cross you.

VOLUMNIA

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CORIOLANUS

Let them hang.

CORIOLANUS

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A PATRICIAN

Ay, and burn too.

Senator

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Enter MENENIUS and Senators

MENENIUS

Come, come, you have been too rough, somethingtoo rough;You must return and mend it.

MENENIUS

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FIRST SENATOR

There's no remedy;Unless, by not so doing, our good cityCleave in the midst, and perish.

FIRST SENATOR

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VOLUMNIA

Pray, be counsell'd: I have a heart as little apt as yours, But yet a brain that leads my use of anger To better vantage.

VOLUMNIA

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MENENIUS

Well said, noble woman? Before he should thus stoop to the herd, but that The violent fit o' the time craves it as physic For the whole state, I would put mine armour on, Which I can scarcely bear.

MENENIUS

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CORIOLANUS

What must I do?

CORIOLANUS

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MENENIUS

Return to the tribunes.

MENENIUS

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CORIOLANUS

Well, what then? what then?

CORIOLANUS

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MENENIUS

Repent what you have spoke.

MENENIUS

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CORIOLANUS

For them! I cannot do it to the gods;Must I then do't to them?

CORIOLANUS

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VOLUMNIA

You are too absolute; Though therein you can never be too noble, But when extremities speak. I have heard you say, Honour and policy, like unsever'd friends, I' the war do grow together: grant that, and tell me, In peace what each of them by the other lose, That they combine not there.

VOLUMNIA

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CORIOLANUS

Tush, tush!

CORIOLANUS

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MENENIUS

A good demand.

MENENIUS

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VOLUMNIA

If it be honour in your wars to seem The same you are not, which, for your best ends, You adopt your policy, how is it less or worse, That it shall hold companionship in peace With honour, as in war, since that to both It stands in like request?

VOLUMNIA

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CORIOLANUS

Why force you this?

CORIOLANUS

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VOLUMNIA

Because that now it lies you on to speak To the people; not by your own instruction, Nor by the matter which your heart prompts you, But with such words that are but rooted in Your tongue, though but bastards and syllables Of no allowance to your bosom's truth. Now, this no more dishonours you at all Than to take in a town with gentle words, Which else would put you to your fortune and The hazard of much blood. I would dissemble with my nature where My fortunes and my friends at stake required I should do so in honour: I am in this, Your wife, your son, these senators, the nobles; And you will rather show our general louts How you can frown than spend a fawn upon 'em, For the inheritance of their loves and safeguard Of what that want might ruin.

VOLUMNIA

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MENENIUS

Noble lady! Come, go with us; s peak fair: you may salve so, Not what is dangerous present, but the loss Of what is past.

MENENIUS

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VOLUMNIA

I prithee now, my son, Go to them, with this bonnet in thy hand; And thus far having stretch'd it—here be with them— Thy knee bussing the stones— for in such business Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant More learned than the ears— waving thy head, Which often, thus, correcting thy stout heart, Now humble as the ripest mulberry That will not hold the handling: or say to them, Thou art their soldier, and being bred in broils Hast not the soft way which, thou dost confess, Were fit for thee to use as they to claim, In asking their good loves, but thou wilt frame Thyself, forsooth, hereafter theirs, so far As thou hast power and person.

VOLUMNIA

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MENENIUS

This but done, Even as she speaks, why, their hearts were yours; For they have pardons, being ask'd, as free As words to little purpose.

MENENIUS

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VOLUMNIA

Prithee now, Go, and be ruled: although I know thou hadst rather Follow thine enemy in a fiery gulf Than flatter him in a bower. Here is Cominius.

VOLUMNIA

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Enter COMINIUS

COMINIUS

I have been i' the market-place; and, sir,'tis fitYou make strong party, or defend yourselfBy calmness or by absence: all's in anger.

COMINIUS

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MENENIUS

Only fair speech.

MENENIUS

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COMINIUS

I think 'twill serve, if heCan thereto frame his spirit.

COMINIUS

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VOLUMNIA

He must, and willPrithee now, say you will, and go about it.

VOLUMNIA

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CORIOLANUS

Must I go show them my unbarbed sconce? Must I with base tongue give my noble heart A lie that it must bear? Well, I will do't: Yet, were there but this single plot to lose, This mould of Marcius, they to dust should grind it And throw't against the wind. To the market-place! You have put me now to such a part which never I shall discharge to the life.

CORIOLANUS

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COMINIUS

Come, come, we'll prompt you.

COMINIUS

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VOLUMNIA

I prithee now, sweet son, as thou hast said My praises made thee first a soldier, so, To have my praise for this, perform a part Thou hast not done before.

VOLUMNIA

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CORIOLANUS

Well, I must do't: Away, my disposition, and possess me Some harlot's spirit! my throat of war be turn'd, Which quired with my drum, into a pipe Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice That babies lulls asleep! the smiles of knaves Tent in my cheeks, and schoolboys' tears take up The glasses of my sight! a beggar's tongue Make motion through my lips, and my arm'd knees, Who bow'd but in my stirrup, bend like his That hath received an alms! I will not do't, Lest I surcease to honour mine own truth And by my body's action teach my mind A most inherent baseness.

CORIOLANUS

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VOLUMNIA

At thy choice, then: To beg of thee, it is my more dishonour Than thou of them. Come all to ruin; let Thy mother rather feel thy pride than fear Thy dangerous stoutness, for I mock at death With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list Thy valiantness was mine, thou suck'dst it from me, But owe thy pride thyself.

VOLUMNIA

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CORIOLANUS

Pray, be content: Mother, I am going to the market-place; Chide me no more. I'll mountebank their loves, Cog their hearts from them, and come home beloved Of all the trades in Rome. Look, I am going: Commend me to my wife. I'll return consul; Or never trust to what my tongue can do I' the way of flattery further.

CORIOLANUS

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VOLUMNIA

Do your will.

VOLUMNIA

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Exit

COMINIUS

Away! the tribunes do attend you: arm yourself To answer mildly; for they are prepared With accusations, as I hear, more strong Than are upon you yet.

COMINIUS

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CORIOLANUS

The word is 'mildly.' Pray you, let us go:Let them accuse me by invention, IWill answer in mine honour.

CORIOLANUS

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MENENIUS

Ay, but mildly.

MENENIUS

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CORIOLANUS

Well, mildly be it then. Mildly!

CORIOLANUS

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