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ACT IV SCENE III. A highway between Rome and Antium.
[Enter a Roman and a Volsce, meeting]
RomanI know you well, sir, and you know
me: your name, I think, is Adrian.
VolsceIt is so, sir: truly, I have forgot you.
RomanI am a Roman; and my services are,
as you are, against 'em: know you me yet?5
VolsceNicanor? no.
RomanThe same, sir.
VolsceYou had more beard when I last saw you; but your
favour is well approved by your tongue. What's the
news in Rome? I have a note from the Volscian state,10
to find you out there: you have well saved me a
day's journey.
RomanThere hath been in Rome strange insurrections; the
people against the senators, patricians, and nobles.
VolsceHath been! is it ended, then? Our state thinks not15
so: they are in a most warlike preparation, and
hope to come upon them in the heat of their division.
RomanThe main blaze of it is past, but a small thing
would make it flame again: for the nobles receive
so to heart the banishment of that worthy20
Coriolanus, that they are in a ripe aptness to take
all power from the people and to pluck from them
their tribunes for ever. This lies glowing, I can
tell you, and is almost mature for the violent
breaking out.25
VolsceCoriolanus banished!
RomanBanished, sir.
VolsceYou will be welcome with this intelligence, Nicanor.
RomanThe day serves well for them now. I have heard it
said, the fittest time to corrupt a man's wife is30
when she's fallen out with her husband. Your noble
Tullus Aufidius will appear well in these wars, his
great opposer, Coriolanus, being now in no request
of his country.
VolsceHe cannot choose. I am most fortunate, thus35
accidentally to encounter you: you have ended my
business, and I will merrily accompany you home.
RomanI shall, between this and supper, tell you most
strange things from Rome; all tending to the good of
their adversaries. Have you an army ready, say you?40
VolsceA most royal one; the centurions and their charges,
distinctly billeted, already in the entertainment,
and to be on foot at an hour's warning.
RomanI am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the
man, I think, that shall set them in present action.45
So, sir, heartily well met, and most glad of your company.
VolsceYou take my part from me, sir; I have the most cause
to be glad of yours.
RomanWell, let us go together.

Next: Coriolanus, Act 4, Scene 4


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