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Rome. A street.
A street in Rome.
Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, all the Gentry, COMINIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, and other Senators
Trumpets sound. CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, all the noblemen, COMINIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, and other Senators enter.

CORIOLANUS
Tullus Aufidius then had made new head?
CORIOLANUS
Tullus Aufidius had assembled a new army?


LARTIUS
He had, my lord; and that it was which caused
Our swifter composition.
LARTIUS
He had, my lord, and that was why we needed to reach an agreement sooner than expected.


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CORIOLANUS
So then the Volsces stand but as at first,
Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road.
Upon’s again.
CORIOLANUS
So then, the Volsces will be able to attack us again when the time is right.



COMINIUS
They are worn, lord consul, so,
That we shall hardly in our ages see
Their banners wave again.
COMINIUS
They’re worn out, lord consul, so we won’t likely see their banners wave again in our lifetime.

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CORIOLANUS
Saw you Aufidius?
CORIOLANUS
Did you see Aufidius?



LARTIUS
On safe-guard he came to me; and did curse
Against the Volsces, for they had so vilely
Yielded the town: he is retired to Antium.
LARTIUS
He came to me, under high security, and cursed the Volsces because they had failed so miserably by letting the town be captured. He has retreated to Antium.

CORIOLANUS
Spoke he of me?
CORIOLANUS
Did he talk about me?

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LARTIUS
He did, my lord.
LARTIUS
He did, my lord.

CORIOLANUS
How? what?
CORIOLANUS
What did he say?




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LARTIUS
How often he had met you, sword to sword;
That of all things upon the earth he hated
Your person most, that he would pawn his fortunes
To hopeless restitution, so he might
Be call’d your vanquisher.
LARTIUS
He spoke of how often you and he had met in battle. He said that of all things on earth, he hated you the most and that he would pawn his fortunes until he was hopelessly broke in order to defeat you.