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SCENE II.-The same. The Capitol.
Enter Two Officers, to lay cushions. . 1 Off. Come, come, they are almost here: How many stand for consulships ?
2 Of Three, they say: but 't is thought of every one Coriolanus will carry it.
1 Off. That 's a brave fellow; but he 's vengeance proud, and loves not the common people.
2 Off. 'Faith, there have been many great men that have flattered the people, who ne'er loved them; and there be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore : so that if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground: Therefore, for Coriolanus neither to care whether they love or hate him, manifests the true knowledge he has in their disposition; and, out of his noble carelessness, lets them plainly see it.
i Off. If he did not care whether he had their love or no, he waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good nor harm; but he seeks their hate with greater devotion than they can render it him; and leaves nothing undone that may fully discover him their opposite. Now, to seem to affect the malice and displeasure of the people is as bad as that which he dislikes, to flatter them for their love.
2 Off. He hath deserved worthily of his country : And his ascent is not by such easy degrees as those who, having been supple and courteous to the people, bonneted, without any further deed to have them at all a Bonneted. Othello says
May speak, unbonneted." This is clearly without the bonnet. But in the text before us we are told that bonneted also means without the bonnet. Malone
“ They humbly took off their bonnets without any farther deed." The context appears to us to give exactly the contrary meaning : “ His ascent is not by such easy degrees as those who, having been supple and courteous to the people," put on their bonnets “ without any further deed.”.
into their estimation and report: but he hath so planted his honours in their eyes, and his actions in their hearts, that for their tongues to be silent, and not confess so much, were a kind of ingrateful injury; to report otherwise were a malice, that, giving itself the lie, would pluck reproof and rebuke from every ear that heard it.
1 Off. No more of him : he is a worthy man: Make way, they are coming. A Sennet. Enter, with Lictors before them, COMINIUS
the Consul, Menenius, CORIOLANUS, many other Senators, SICINIUS and BRUTUS. The Senators take their places; the Tribunes take theirs also by themselves.
Men. Having determind of the Volces,
Speak, good Cominius :
We are convented
Which the rather
We shall be bless'd to do, if he remember
That 's off, that 's ofl ;*
Most willingly :
He loves your people;
[Coriolanus rises, and offers to go away. 1 Sen. Sit, Coriolanus; never shame to hear What you have nobly done. Cor.
Your honours' pardon;
Sir, I hope
No, sir : yet oft,
sit down. Cor. I had rather have one scratch my head i' the
sun, When the alarum were struck, than idly sit To hear my nothings monster'd.
Exit Cor. Men.
Masters o' the people, Your multiplying spawn how can be flatter, (That is thousand to one good one,) when you now see He had rather venture all his limbs for honour, Than one of his ears to hear it ?—Proceed, Cominius.
Com. I shall lack voice : the deeds of Coriolanus Should not be utter'd feebly.-It is held
* That's off-that is nothing to the matter. VOL. X.
That valour is the chiefest virtue,
opposers : : Tarquin's self he met,
a On his knee-down on his knee.
b Lurch'd. The term is, or was, used in some game of cards, in which a complete and easy victory is called a lurch,
And to the battle came he; where he did
Our spoils he kick'd at;
He's right noble;
· Re-enter CORIOLANUS.
I do owe them still
It then remains
Cor. Let me oʻerleap that.custom ; for I cannot Put on the gown, stand naked, and entreat them, For my wounds sake, to give their suffrage : please
Sir, the people
Put them not to 't:-
I do beseech you,