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ACT I - SCENE X. The camp of the Volsces.
AUFIDIUS
1    The town is ta'en!
First Soldier
2    'Twill be deliver'd back on good condition.
AUFIDIUS
3    Condition!
4    I would I were a Roman; for I cannot,
5    Being a Volsce, be that I am. Condition!
6    What good condition can a treaty find
7    I' the part that is at mercy? Five times, Marcius,
8    I have fought with thee: so often hast thou beat me,
9    And wouldst do so, I think, should we encounter
10   As often as we eat. By the elements,
11   If e'er again I meet him beard to beard,
12   He's mine, or I am his: mine emulation
13   Hath not that honour in't it had; for where
14   I thought to crush him in an equal force,
15   True sword to sword, I'll potch at him some way
16   Or wrath or craft may get him.
First Soldier
17   He's the devil.
AUFIDIUS
18   Bolder, though not so subtle. My valour's poison'd
19   With only suffering stain by him; for him
20   Shall fly out of itself: nor sleep nor sanctuary,
21   Being naked, sick, nor fane nor Capitol,
22   The prayers of priests nor times of sacrifice,
23   Embarquements all of fury, shall lift up
24   Their rotten privilege and custom 'gainst
25   My hate to Marcius: where I find him, were it
26   At home, upon my brother's guard, even there,
27   Against the hospitable canon, would I
28   Wash my fierce hand in's heart. Go you to the city;
29   Learn how 'tis held; and what they are that must
30   Be hostages for Rome.
First Soldier
31   Will not you go?
AUFIDIUS
32   I am attended at the cypress grove: I pray you--
33   'Tis south the city mills--bring me word thither
34   How the world goes, that to the pace of it
35   I may spur on my journey.
First Soldier
36   I shall, sir.
Exeunt

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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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