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Editor’s NoteCornets. Enter Coriolanus, Menenius, all the gentry; Cominius, Lartius, and other Senators
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coriolanus Tullus Aufidius then had made new head?


lartius He had, my lord, and that it was which caused Editor’s Note3Our swifter composition.


coriolanus So then the Volsces stand but as at first, Editor’s Note5Ready when time shall prompt them to make raid

Editor’s Note6Upon's again.

cominius They are worn, lord consul, so

7That we shall hardly in our ages see

8Their banners wave again.

coriolanus [to Lartius] Saw you Aufidius?

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lartius On safeguard he came to me and did curse

10Against the Volsces, for they had so vilely

Editor’s Note11Yielded the town. He is retired to Antium.


coriolanus Spoke he of me?

lartius He did, my lord.

coriolanus How? What?


lartius How often he had met you sword to sword,

14That of all things upon the earth he hated

15Your person most; that he would pawn his fortunes

Editor’s Note16To hopeless restitution so he might

17Be called your vanquisher.

coriolanus At Antium lives he?

lartius At Antium.


coriolanus I wish I had a cause to seek him there

19To oppose his hatred fully. Welcome home.

Enter Sicinius and Brutus

20Behold, these are the tribunes of the people,

21The tongues o'th' common mouth. I do despise them,

Editor’s Note22For they do prank them in authority,

Editor’s Note23Against all noble sufferance.


sicinius Pass no further.

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coriolanus Ha, what is that?


brutus It will be dangerous to go on. No further.


coriolanus What makes this change?


menenius The matter?

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cominius Hath he not passed the noble, and the commons?


brutus Cominius, no.

coriolanus Have I had children's voices?


senator Tribunes, give way, he shall to th' market-place.


brutus The people are incensed against him.

sicinius Stop,

Editor’s Note33Or all will fall in broil.

coriolanus Are these your herd?

Editor’s Note34Must these have voices that can yield them now,

Editor’s Note35And straight disclaim their tongues? What are your offices?

36You being their mouths, why rule you not their teeth?

37Have you not set them on?

menenius Be calm, be calm.

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coriolanus It is a purposed thing, and grows by plot

39To curb the will of the nobility.

40Suffer't, and live with such as cannot rule,

41Nor ever will be ruled.

brutus Call't not a plot.

42The people cry you mocked them, and of late,

Editor’s Note43When corn was given them gratis, you repined,

Editor’s Note44Scandalled the suppliants for the people, called them

Editor’s Note45Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness.


coriolanus Why, this was known before.

brutus Not to them all.

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coriolanus Have you informed them sithence?

brutus How? I inform them?


coriolanus You are like to do such business.

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brutus Not unlike each way to better yours.

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coriolanus Why then should I be consul? By yon clouds,

51Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me

Editor’s Note52Your fellow tribune.

sicinius You show too much of that

Editor’s Note53For which the people stir. If you will pass

54To where you are bound, you must enquire your way,

Editor’s Note55Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit,

56Or never be so noble as a consul,

Editor’s Note57Nor yoke with him for tribune.

menenius Let's be calm.

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cominius The people are abused, set on. This palt'ring

pg 276759Becomes not Rome, nor has Coriolanus

Editor’s Note60Deserved this so dishonoured rub, laid falsely

61I'th' plain way of his merit. Tell me of corn.


coriolanus This was my speech, and I will speak't again.


menenius Not now, not now.


senator Not in this heat, sir, now.


coriolanus Now as I live,

66I will. My nobler friends, I crave their pardons.

Editor’s Note67For the mutable rank-scented meinie,

Editor’s Note68Let them regard me—as I do not flatter—

69And therein behold themselves. I say again,

70In soothing them we nourish 'gainst our senate

Editor’s Note71The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition,

72Which we ourselves have plowed for, sowed, and scattered

73By mingling them with us, the honoured number

74Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that

75Which they have given to beggars.

menenius Well, no more.


senator No more words, we beseech you.

coriolanus How, no more?

Link 77As for my country I have shed my blood,

78Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs

Editor’s Note79Coin words till their decay against those measles

Editor’s Note80Which we disdain should tetter us, yet sought

81The very way to catch them.


brutus You speak o'th' people as if you were a god

83To punish, not a man of their infirmity.


sicinius 'Twere well we let the people know't.


menenius What, what? His choler?


coriolanus Choler? Were I as patient as the midnight sleep,

Editor’s Note87By Jove, 'twould be my mind.


sicinius It is a mind

That shall remain a poison where it is;

89Not poison any further.

coriolanus 'Shall remain'?

Editor’s Note90Hear you this Triton of the minnows? Mark you

Editor’s Note91His absolute 'shall'?

cominius 'Twas from the canon.


coriolanus 'Shall'?

O good but most unwise patricians why,

93You grave but reckless senators, have you thus

Editor’s Note94Given Hydra here to choose an officer,

95That with his peremptory 'shall', being but

Editor’s Note96The horn and noise o'th' monster's, wants not spirit

pg 2768Editor’s Note97To say he'll turn your current in a ditch,

98And make your channel his? If he have power,

Editor’s Note99Then vail your ignorance. If none, awake

Editor’s Note100Your dangerous lenity. If you are learned,

101Be not as common fools; if you are not,

Editor’s Note102Let them have cushions by you. You are plebeians

103If they be senators, and they are no less

Editor’s Note104When, both your voices blended, the great'st taste

Editor’s Note105Most palates theirs. They choose their magistrate,

106And such a one as he who puts his 'shall',

107His popular 'shall', against a graver bench

108Than ever frowned in Greece. By Jove himself,

109It makes the consuls base, and my soul aches

Editor’s Note110To know, when two authorities are up,

111Neither supreme, how soon confusïon

112May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take

113The one by th'other.

cominius Well, on to th' market-place.


coriolanus Whoever gave that counsel to give forth

Editor’s Note115The corn o'th' storehouse gratis, as 'twas used

116Sometime in Greece—

menenius Well, well, no more of that.


coriolanus Though there the people had more absolute power—

118I say they nourished disobedience, fed

119The ruin of the state.

brutus Why shall the people give

120One that speaks thus their voice?

coriolanus I'll give my reasons,

121More worthier than their voices. They know the corn

Editor’s Note122Was not our recompense, resting well assured

Editor’s Note123They ne'er did service for't. Being pressed to th' war,

Editor’s Note124Even when the navel of the state was touched,

Editor’s Note125They would not thread the gates. This kind of service

126Did not deserve corn gratis. Being i'th' war,

127Their mutinies and revolts, wherein they showed

Editor’s Note128Most valour, spoke not for them. Th'accusation

129Which they have often made against the senate,

Editor’s Note130All cause unborn, could never be the native

Editor’s Note131Of our so frank donation. Well, what then?

Editor’s Note132How shall this bosom multiplied digest

133The senate's courtesy? Let deeds express

134What's like to be their words: 'We did request it,

pg 2769Editor’s Note135We are the greater poll, and in true fear

136They gave us our demands.' Thus we debase

137The nature of our seats, and make the rabble

Editor’s Note138Call our cares fears, which will in time

139Break ope the locks o'th' senate, and bring in

Editor’s Note140The crows to peck the eagles.

menenius Come, enough.

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brutus Enough with over-measure.

coriolanus No, take more.

142What may be sworn by, both divine and human,

Editor’s Note143Seal what I end withal! This double worship,

144Where one part does disdain with cause, the other

145Insult without all reason, where gentry, title, wisdom

Editor’s Note146Cannot conclude but by the yea and no

Editor’s Note147Of general ignorance, it must omit

148Real necessities, and give way the while

Editor’s Note149To unstable slightness. Purpose so barred, it follows

150Nothing is done to purpose. Therefore beseech you—

Editor’s Note151You that will be less fearful than discreet,

152That love the fundamental part of state

Editor’s Note153More than you doubt the change on't, that prefer

154A noble life before a long, and wish

Editor’s Note155To jump a body with a dangerous physic,

156That's sure of death without it—at once pluck out

Editor’s Note157The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick

158The sweet which is their poison. Your dishonour

159Mangles true judgement, and bereaves the state

Editor’s Note160Of that integrity which should become't,

161Not having the power to do the good it would

Editor’s Note162For th' ill which doth control't.


brutus He's said enough.

sicinius He's spoken like a traitor, and shall answer

Editor’s Note164As traitors do.

coriolanus Thou wretch, despite o'erwhelm thee!

165What should the people do with these bald tribunes,

166On whom depending, their obedience fails

Editor’s Note167To th' greater bench? In a rebellïon,

Editor’s Note168When what's not meet but what must be was law,

169Then were they chosen. In a better hour

170Let what is meet be said it must be meet,

pg 2770 171And throw their power i'th' dust.


brutus Manifest treason.


sicinius This a consul? No.

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brutus The aediles, ho!

Enter an Aedile

Let him be apprehended.

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sicinius Go call the people [exit an Aedile] , [to Coriolanus] in whose name myself

Editor’s Note176Attach thee as a traitorous innovator,

177A foe to th' public weal. Obey, I charge thee,

178And follow to thine answer.

coriolanus Hence, old goat!

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patricians We'll surety him.

cominius [to Sicinius] Aged sir, hands off!


coriolanus [to Sicinius] Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake thy bones

181Out of thy garments!

sicinius Help ye, citizens!

Enter a rabble of Plebeians, with the Aediles

menenius On both sides more respect.

sicinius [pointing to Coriolanus] Here's he

183That would take from you all your power!

brutus Seize him, aediles.

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all citizens Down with him, down with him!


second senator Weapons, weapons, weapons!

They all bustle about Coriolanus

all Tribunes! Patricians! Citizens! What ho?

187Sicinius! Brutus! Coriolanus! Citizens!

188Peace! Peace! Peace! Stay! Hold! Peace!


menenius What is about to be? I am out of breath,

190Confusion's near; I cannot speak. You, tribunes

191To th' people, Coriolanus, patience!

Link 192Speak, good Sicinius.

sicinius Hear me, people, peace.


citizens Let's hear our tribune! Peace! Speak, speak, speak.

Editor’s Note194

sicinius You are at point to lose your liberties.

195Martius would have all from you; Martius,

196Whom late you have named for consul.

menenius Fie, fie, fie,

197This is the way to kindle, not to quench.


senator To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat.


sicinius What is the city, but the people?

citizens True,

200The people are the city.

brutus By the consent of all,

201We were established the people's magistrates.


citizens You so remain.

menenius And so are like to do.

pg 2771 203

cominius That is the way to lay the city flat,

204To bring the roof to the foundatïon,

Editor’s Note205And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges

206In heaps and piles of ruin.

sicinius This deserves death.

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brutus Or let us stand to our authority,

208Or let us lose it. We do here pronounce

209Upon the part o'th' people, in whose power

210We were elected theirs, Martius is worthy

211Of present death.

sicinius Therefore lay hold of him.

Editor’s Note212Bear him to th' rock Tarpeian, and from thence

213Into destruction cast him.

brutus Aediles, seize him.


citizens Yield, Martius, yield!

menenius Hear me one word,

215Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word.


aediles Peace, peace!

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menenius Be that you seem, truly your country's friend,

218And temp'rately proceed to what you would

219Thus violently redress.

brutus Sir, those cold ways

Editor’s Note220That seem like prudent helps are very poisonous

221Where the disease is violent. [To Aediles] Lay hands upon him,

222And bear him to the rock.

Coriolanus draws his sword

coriolanus No, I'll die here!

223There's some among you have beheld me fighting—

Editor’s Note224Come try upon yourselves what you have seen me.


menenius Down with that sword! Tribunes, withdraw awhile.


brutus Lay hands upon him!

menenius Help, Martius, help!

227You that be noble, help him, young and old.


citizens Down with him! Down with him!

Editor’s NoteIn this mutiny, the tribunes, the Aediles, and the people are beat in, [and exeunt]

menenius [to Coriolanus] Go, get you to your house. Be gone, away.

230All will be naught else.

second senator [to Coriolanus] Get you gone.


coriolanus Stand fast; we have as many friends as enemies.


menenius Shall it be put to that?

senator The gods forbid!

[To Coriolanus]

233I prithee, noble friend, home to thy house.

Editor’s Note234Leave us to cure this cause.

menenius For 'tis a sore upon us

Editor’s Note235You cannot tent yourself. Be gone, beseech you.

pg 2772 236

cominius Come, sir, along with us.

Editor’s Note237

coriolanus I would they were barbarians, as they are,

Editor’s Note238Though in Rome littered; not Romans, as they are not,

Editor’s Note239Though calved i'th' porch o'th' Capitol.

menenius Be gone;

Editor’s Note240Put not your worthy rage into your tongue.

Editor’s Note241One time will owe another.

coriolanus On fair ground

242I could beat forty of them.

menenius I could myself

Editor’s Note243Take up a brace o'th' best of them, yea, the two tribunes.


cominius But now 'tis odds beyond arithmetic,

Editor’s Note245And manhood is called foolery when it stands

246Against a falling fabric. [To Coriolanus] Will you hence,

Editor’s Note247Before the tag return, whose rage doth rend

248Like interrupted waters, and o'erbear

249What they are used to bear?

menenius [to Coriolanus] Pray you be gone.

Editor’s Note250I'll try whether my old wit be in request

251With those that have but little. This must be patched

Editor’s Note252With cloth of any colour.

cominius Nay, come away.

Exeunt Coriolanus and Cominius

patrician This man has marred his fortune.


menenius His nature is too noble for the world.

Editor’s Note255He would not flatter Neptune for his trident,

256Or Jove for's power to thunder. His heart's his mouth;

257What his breast forges, that his tongue must vent,

258And, being angry, does forget that ever

259He heard the name of Death.

Editor’s NoteA noise within

Here's goodly work.


patrician I would they were abed.

menenius I would they were in Tiber.

Editor’s Note261What the vengeance, could he not speak 'em fair?

Enter Brutus and Sicinius with the rabble again
Editor’s Note262

sicinius Where is this viper

263That would depopulate the city and

264Be every man himself?

menenius You worthy tribunes—


sicinius He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock

266With rigorous hands. He hath resisted law,

267And therefore law shall scorn him further trial

pg 2773268Than the severity of the public power,

Editor’s Note269Which he so sets at naught.

first citizen He shall well know

270The noble tribunes are the people's mouths,

271And we their hands.

citizens He shall, sure on't.

menenius Sir, sir.


sicinius Peace!

Editor’s Note273

menenius Do not cry havoc where you should but hunt

274With modest warrant.

sicinius Sir, how comes't that you

Editor’s Note275Have holp to make this rescue?

menenius Hear me speak!

276As I do know the consul's worthiness,

277So can I name his faults.


sicinius Consul? What consul?


menenius The consul Coriolanus.


brutus He? Consul?


citizens No, no, no, no, no.


menenius If by the tribunes' leave—and yours, good people—

283I may be heard, I would crave a word or two,

284The which shall turn you to no further harm

285Than so much loss of time.

sicinius Speak briefly then,

Editor’s Note286For we are peremptory to dispatch

287This viperous traitor. To eject him hence

Editor’s Note288Were but our danger, and to keep him here

289Our certain death. Therefore it is decreed

290He dies tonight.

menenius Now the good gods forbid

291That our renownèd Rome, whose gratitude

292Towards her deservèd children is enrolled

Editor’s Note293In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dam

294Should now eat up her own!

Link 295

sicinius He's a disease that must be cut away.


menenius O, he's a limb that has but a disease:

Editor’s Note297Mortal to cut it off; to cure it, easy.

298What has he done to Rome that's worthy death?

299Killing our enemies, the blood he hath lost—

300Which I dare vouch is more than that he hath

301By many an ounce—he dropped it for his country;

302And what is left, to lose it by his country

303Were to us all that do't and suffer it

Editor’s Note304A brand to th' end o'th' world.

sicinius This is clean cam.


brutus Merely awry. When he did love his country,

306It honoured him.

sicinius The service of the foot

pg 2774307Being once gangrened is not then respected

308For what before it was.

brutus We'll hear no more.

309Pursue him to his house and pluck him thence,

Editor’s Note310Lest his infection, being of catching nature,

311Spread further.

menenius One word more, one word!

312This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find

Editor’s Note313The harm of unscanned swiftness, will too late

314Tie leaden pounds to's heels. Proceed by process,

Editor’s Note315Lest parties—as he is beloved—break out,

316And sack great Rome with Romans.


brutus If it were so?


sicinius [to Menenius] What do ye talk?

319Have we not had a taste of his obedience?

320Our aediles smote, ourselves resisted? Come.


menenius Consider this: he has been bred i'th' wars

Editor’s Note322Since a could draw a sword, and is ill-schooled

Editor’s Note323In bolted language. Meal and bran together

324He throws without distinction. Give me leave,

325I'll go to him, and undertake to bring him

Editor’s Note326Where he shall answer by a lawful form—

327In peace—to his utmost peril.

first senator Noble tribunes,

328It is the humane way. The other course

329Will prove too bloody, and the end of it

330Unknown to the beginning.

sicinius Noble Menenius,

331Be you then as the people's officer.

[To the Citizens]

332Masters, lay down your weapons.

brutus Go not home.


sicinius Meet on the market-place. [To Menenius] We'll attend you there,

334Where if you bring not Martius, we'll proceed

335In our first way.

menenius I'll bring him to you.

Editor’s Note336Let me desire your company; he must come,

337Or what is worst will follow.

senator Pray you, let's to him.

Exeunt [tribunes and Citizens at one door, Patricians at another door]

Notes Settings


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3.1.0 gentry patricians
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3.1.0 Cornets. The formal introduction marks Coriolanus' expected new status; he is likely wearing a more elaborate costume.
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3.1.1 made new head raised a new army
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3.1.3 swifter composition coming to terms more quickly than expected (with Corioles, which Lartius had been instructed to do, see 1.10.74–7)
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3.1.5 raid attack, incursion
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3.1.6 worn tired
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3.1.9 On safeguard under my promise of protection
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3.1.11 Antium (capital city of the Volsces, about 35 miles south of Rome, now Anzio)
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3.1.16 hopeless restitution with no hope of recoupment
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3.1.22 prank them dress themselves; parade themselves
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3.1.23 sufferance tolerance
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3.1.29 passed been approved by
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3.1.33 broil turmoil
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3.1.33 herd (possibly a pun on 'heard', with 'voices', 'tongues', 'mouth' in proximity)
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3.1.34 them their voices (votes)
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3.1.35 straight immediately
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3.1.35 offices duties
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3.1.38 purposed premeditated
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3.1.43 gratis free
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3.1.43 repined complained
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3.1.44 Scandalled slandered
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3.1.45 Time-pleasers opportunists
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3.1.47 sithence since then
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3.1.49 Not … yours 'It is not unlikely that, in every way, I would better handle the business [of governance]'
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3.1.50 By yon clouds (an oath, roughly 'by heavens')
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3.1.52 that that quality, i.e. contempt
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3.1.53–4 pass … bound (literally) go to the marketplace; (figuratively) perform the duties of your consulship
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3.1.55 are out of have deviated from
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3.1.57 yoke join
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3.1.58 abused, set on deceived, incited
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3.1.58 palt'ring deceitfulness; equivocation
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3.1.60 rub obstacle
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3.1.67 meinie rabble, with potential shades of 'family' or 'followers'
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3.1.68–9 Let … themselves 'they should look at me and see themselves, because I will not flatter them'
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3.1.71 cockle seed
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3.1.79 measles scabs
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3.1.80 tetter infect
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3.1.80 yet sought although we sought
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3.1.87 my mind what I think
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3.1.90 Triton god of the sea
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3.1.91 absolute despotic
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3.1.91 from the canon beyond his authority
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3.1.94 Hydra many-headed monster, who regrew two heads for every head cut off
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3.1.96 horn and noise noisy horn, perhaps an allusion to Triton (3.1.90), who used a conch shell as a horn
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3.1.97–8 turn … his 'redirect your water supply to irrigate his ground' (i.e. divert your power for his end)
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3.1.99 vail your ignorance 'abase your ignorant selves in submission'
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3.1.99 awake wake from
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3.1.100 lenity mildness
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3.1.102 cushions (see 2.2.0)
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3.1.104 great'st strongest, most prominent
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3.1.105 Most palates theirs is most palatable to their (i.e. the plebeians') taste
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3.1.110 up in conflict
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3.1.115 used custom ('used to be')
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3.1.122 recompense reward for military service
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3.1.123 pressed impressed into military service
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3.1.124 navel centre
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3.1.125 thread the gates pass through the city gates (to go to war)
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3.1.128 accusation i.e. hoarding grain
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3.1.130 All cause unborn without any justification
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3.1.130 native origin or characteristic
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3.1.131 frank generous
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3.1.132 bosom multiplied (like the Hydra 3.1.94)
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3.1.135 greater poll majority (i.e. the side that had more votes)
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3.1.138 cares concerns
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3.1.140 crows carrion birds (and thus less admired than eagles)
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3.1.141 over-measure excess
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3.1.143 Seal confirm
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3.1.143 withal with
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3.1.143 double worship divided authority (the 'two authorities' of 3.1.110)
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3.1.146 conclude make decisions
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3.1.147 omit neglect
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3.1.149 slightness trifling
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3.1.149–50 Purpose … purpose 'unable to plan effectively, the result is nothing is done effectively'
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3.1.151 less fearful than discreet prudent rather than cowardly
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3.1.153 doubt … on't dread its changing
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3.1.155 jump hazard
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3.1.155 physic medicine
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3.1.157 multitudinous tongue tongue of the people, i.e. the tribunes
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3.1.160 integrity unity
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3.1.162 For because of
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3.1.164 despite spite, scorn
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3.1.167 greater bench (the Senate)
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3.1.168 meet right
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3.1.174 aediles Roman magistrates
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3.1.175 Go call the people Often taken as a cue for the aedile to leave. More than one may enter at 3.1.174 (Brutus catches sight of 'aediles' but the stage direction mentions 'an aedile'); if so, one may remain onstage.
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3.1.176 innovator instigator
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3.1.179 surety secure
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3.1.184–8 Down … Peace probably general cries rather than lines for particular actors
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3.1.194 at point just about
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3.1.205 distinctly ranges is laid out in an orderly arrangement
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3.1.207 Or either
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3.1.212 rock Tarpeian a steep Roman cliff from which traitors were thrown off as a means of execution
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3.1.217 that that which
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3.1.217 Be … seem may be addressed to the tribunes generally, or Brutus specifically
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3.1.220 helps remedies
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3.1.224 seen me (do in battle)
Editor’s Note beat in beaten offstage
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3.1.234 cause disease
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3.1.235 tent behave; cure
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3.1.237 would wish
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3.1.238 littered born (a term of animal husbandry)
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3.1.239 calved born (a term of animal husbandry)
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3.1.240 worthy strong; merited
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3.1.241 One … another 'some other time will make up for this moment'
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3.1.243 brace two
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3.1.245–6 stands … fabric holds ground among a collapsing edifice (fabric)
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3.1.247 tag rag-tag, i.e. the citizens
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3.1.250 try test
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3.1.252 cloth of any colour i.e. by whatever means
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3.1.252 come away Other members of the gentry allied with Coriolanus, save Menenius, may also leave here.
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3.1.255 Neptune Roman god of the seas, brother of Jove, often imagined holding a trident (three-pronged spear)
Editor’s Note noise within from offstage; perhaps shouting to herald the rabble's arrival
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3.1.261 What the vengeance an oath: 'what the hell'
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3.1.261 speak 'em fair speak to them courteously
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3.1.262 viper serpent often associated with treachery
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3.1.269 sets values
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3.1.273 cry havoc (a military call to slaughter and plunder)
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3.1.273–4 hunt … warrant pursue prey with restricted authority (warrant) to kill
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3.1.275 holp help
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3.1.286 peremptory decided; decreed
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3.1.288 Were but our danger 'would merely create danger for us'
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3.1.293 dam mother (used of animals)
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3.1.297 Mortal fatal
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3.1.304 brand mark of disgrace
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3.1.304 clean cam obviously crooked
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3.1.310 of catching nature contagious
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3.1.313 unscanned unchecked
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3.1.315 parties opposing factions
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3.1.322 a he
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3.1.323 bolted carefully chosen
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3.1.323 Meal and bran ('meal' is the edible part of a grain; 'bran' is the husk)
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3.1.326–7 answer … peril i.e. 'calmly submit to the charges against him, though he faces severe punishment'
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3.1.336–7 Let … follow. Probably spoken to the Senators rather than the tribunes; both parties likely need to leave at separate exits.
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