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ACT IV - SCENE IV. Antium. Before Aufidius's house.
CORIOLANUS
1    A goodly city is this Antium. City,
2    'Tis I that made thy widows: many an heir
3    Of these fair edifices 'fore my wars
4    Have I heard groan and drop: then know me not,
5    Lest that thy wives with spits and boys with stones
6    In puny battle slay me.
Enter a Citizen
7    Save you, sir.
Citizen
8    And you.
CORIOLANUS
9    Direct me, if it be your will,
10   Where great Aufidius lies: is he in Antium?
Citizen
11   He is, and feasts the nobles of the state
12   At his house this night.
CORIOLANUS
13   Which is his house, beseech you?
Citizen
14   This, here before you.
CORIOLANUS
15   Thank you, sir: farewell.
Exit Citizen
16   O world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn,
17   Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,
18   Whose house, whose bed, whose meal, and exercise,
19   Are still together, who twin, as 'twere, in love
20   Unseparable, shall within this hour,
21   On a dissension of a doit, break out
22   To bitterest enmity: so, fellest foes,
23   Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep,
24   To take the one the other, by some chance,
25   Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends
26   And interjoin their issues. So with me:
27   My birth-place hate I, and my love's upon
28   This enemy town. I'll enter: if he slay me,
29   He does fair justice; if he give me way,
30   I'll do his country service.
Exit

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE III


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI

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