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Rome. A public place.
A public place in Rome.
Enter MENENIUS with the two Tribunes of the people, SICINIUS and BRUTUS.
MENENIUS enters with SICINIUS and BRUTUS, the two tribunes of the people.

MENENIUS
The augurer tells me we shall have news to-night.
MENENIUS
The fortuneteller tells me we’ll receive news tonight.

BRUTUS
Good or bad?
BRUTUS
Good news or bad?


MENENIUS
Not according to the prayer of the people, for they
love not Martius.
MENENIUS
Not the news people prayed for—they have no love for Martius.

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SICINIUS
Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
SICINIUS
In nature, animals learn who their friends are.

MENENIUS
Pray you, who does the wolf love?
MENENIUS
Tell me, who does the wolf love?

SICINIUS
The lamb.
SICINIUS
The lamb.


MENENIUS
Ay, to devour him; as the hungry plebeians would the
noble Martius.
MENENIUS
Yes, to devour him, as the hungry citizens would love to devour the noble Martius.

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BRUTUS
He’s a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.
BRUTUS
Martius is like a lamb, a lamb that roars like a bear.


MENENIUS
He’s a bear indeed, that lives like a lamb. You two
are old men: tell me one thing that I shall ask you.
MENENIUS
Martius is like a bear, a bear that lives like a lamb. You two have been around a long time, answer one question for me.

BOTH
Well, sir.
BOTH
What do you want to know, sir?


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MENENIUS
In what enormity is Martius poor in, that you two
have not in abundance?
MENENIUS
Tell me a quality that Martius lacks but that you two have in abundance.

BRUTUS
He’s poor in no one fault, but stored with all.
BRUTUS
He doesn’t have just one fault—he has every fault.

SICINIUS
Especially in pride.
SICINIUS
Especially pride.

BRUTUS
And topping all others in boasting.
BRUTUS
And boasting, above all.


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MENENIUS
This is strange now: do you two know how you are
censured here in the city, I mean of us o’ the
right-hand file? do you?
MENENIUS
One thing is strange though. Do you two know how you are regarded by the nobles of the city? Do you?