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THE-PLOT, THE FABLE, AND CONSTRUCTION
The tragedy of Coriolanus is one of the most amusing of our author's performances. The old man's merriment in Menenius; the lofty lady's dignity in Volum
the bridal modesty in Virgilia; the patrician and military haughtiness in Coriolanus; the plebeian malignity and tribunitian insolence in Brutus and Sicinius, make a very pleasing and interesting variety: and the various revolutions of the hero's fortune fill the mind with anxious curiosity. There is, perhaps, too much bustle in the first act, and too little in the last.
JOHNSON. The whole history is exactly followed, and many of the speeches exactly copied from the life of Coriolanus in Plutarch.
Of this play there is no edition before that of the players, in folio, in 1623.
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Caius MARCIUS CORIOLANUS, a noble Roman,
Generals against the Volscians.
Tribunes of the people.
VOLUMNIA, Mother to Coriolanus.
Lictors, Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers, Servants to
SCENE, partly in Rome; and partly in the Territories
of the Volscians and Antiates.