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The same. A street near the gate.
The same street, near the gate.
Enter SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an Aedile
SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an aedile enter.



SICINIUS
Bid them all home; he’s gone, and we’ll no further.
The nobility are vex’d, whom we see have sided
In his behalf.
SICINIUS
Tell them all to go home. He’s gone, and we won’t go any further. The nobles who sided with him are angry.


5
BRUTUS
Now we have shown our power,
Let us seem humbler after it is done
Than when it was a-doing.
BRUTUS
Now that we’ve exerted our power, let’s at least pretend to be humble, like before.



SICINIUS
Bid them home:
Say their great enemy is gone, and they
Stand in their ancient strength.
SICINIUS
Tell them to go home. Explain that their great enemy is gone and that their freedoms have been restored.

10
BRUTUS
Dismiss them home.
BRUTUS
Send them home.
Exit Aedile
The aedile exits.
Here comes his mother.
Here comes his mother.

SICINIUS
Let’s not meet her.
SICINIUS
Let’s not talk to her.

BRUTUS
Why?
BRUTUS
Why?

SICINIUS
They say she’s mad.
SICINIUS
They say she’s crazy.

15
BRUTUS
They have ta’en note of us: keep on your way.
BRUTUS
They’ve seen us. Keep walking.
Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS
VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS enter.


VOLUMNIA
O, ye’re well met: the hoarded plague o’ the gods
Requite your love!
VOLUMNIA
Some coincidence, running into you. May the gods repay you for this with the plague!

MENENIUS
Peace, peace; be not so loud.
MENENIUS
Calm down. Don’t be so loud.


20
VOLUMNIA
If that I could for weeping, you should hear,—
Nay, and you shall hear some.
VOLUMNIA
If I could cry quietly I would. You should hear me cry—
No, you will hear me.