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Coriolanus - Act 4, scene 4
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Act 4, scene 4
Coriolanus comes to the Volscian city of Antium in search of Aufidius.Enter Coriolanus in mean apparel, disguised,
2645 A goodly city is this Antium. City,
2646 ’Tis I that made thy widows. Many an heir
2647 Of these fair edifices ’fore my wars
2648 Have I heard groan and drop. Then, know me not,
p. 1952649 5 Lest that thy wives with spits and boys with stones
2650 In puny battle slay me.
Enter a Citizen.
2651 Save you, sir.
2652 And you.
CORIOLANUS 2653 Direct me, if it be your will,
2654 10 Where great Aufidius lies. Is he in Antium?
2655 He is, and feasts the nobles of the state
2656 At his house this night.
CORIOLANUS 2657 Which is his house, beseech
2659 15 This here before you.
CORIOLANUS 2660 Thank you, sir. Farewell.
2661 O world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn,
2662 Whose double bosoms seems to wear one heart,
2663 Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise
2664 20 Are still together, who twin, as ’twere, in love
2665 Unseparable, shall within this hour,
2666 On a dissension of a doit, break out
2667 To bitterest enmity; so fellest foes,
2668 Whose passions and whose plots have broke their
2669 25 sleep
2670 To take the one the other, by some chance,
2671 Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends
2672 And interjoin their issues. So with me:
2673 My birthplace ⌜hate⌝ I, and my love’s upon
2674 30 This enemy town. I’ll enter. If he slay me,
2675 He does fair justice; if he give me way,
2676 I’ll do his country service.