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Coriolanus

Coriolanus Translation Act 1, Scene 2

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Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS and certain Senators

FIRST SENATOR

So, your opinion is, Aufidius,That they of Rome are entered in our counselsAnd know how we proceed.

FIRST SENATOR

So, Aufidius—you think that the Romans have spies among us, and know what we're going to do?

AUFIDIUS

Is it not yours? What ever have been thought on in this state, That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome Had circumvention? 'Tis not four days gone Since I heard thence; these are the words: I think I have the letter here; yes, here it is.

AUFIDIUS

Don't you? When have we ever even thought of doing something that Rome didn't attempt to counter before we had the chance to even get started? Less than four days ago, I heard from Rome—this is what they said—I have the letter here somewhere . . . yes, here it is.

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AUFIDIUS

'They have press'd a power, but it is not known Whether for east or west: the dearth is great; The people mutinous; and it is rumour'd, Cominius, Marcius your old enemy, Who is of Rome worse hated than of you, And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, These three lead on this preparation Whither 'tis bent: most likely 'tis for you: Consider of it.'

AUFIDIUS

"They have sent out a battalion of soldiers, but it is not known whether they went east or west. The city's famine is serious, and the people are mutinous. There are rumours that three men lead the battalion: Cominius, Marcius your rival (whom Rome hates even more than they hate you), and Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman. They are probably bound for you; be careful."

FIRST SENATOR

Our army's in the fieldWe never yet made doubt but Rome was readyTo answer us.

FIRST SENATOR

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AUFIDIUS

Nor did you think it folly To keep your great pretences veil'd till when They needs must show themselves; which in the hatching, It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery We shall be shorten'd in our aim, which was To take in many towns ere almost Rome Should know we were afoot.

AUFIDIUS

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SECOND SENATOR

Noble Aufidius, Take your commission; hie you to your bands: Let us alone to guard Corioli: If they set down before 's, for the remove Bring your army; but, I think, you'll find They've not prepared for us.

SECOND SENATOR

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AUFIDIUS

O, doubt not that; I speak from certainties. Nay, more, Some parcels of their power are forth already, And only hitherward. I leave your honours. If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet, 'Tis sworn between us we shall ever strike Till one can do no more.

AUFIDIUS

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ALL

The gods assist you!

ALL

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AUFIDIUS

And keep your honours safe!

AUFIDIUS

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FIRST SENATOR

Farewell.

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SECOND SENATOR

Farewell.

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ALL

Farewell.

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