The same. The Capitol.
Enter two Officers, to lay cushions
Come, come, they are almost here. How many stand
Three, they say: but ’tis thought of every one
Coriolanus will carry it.
5That’s a brave fellow; but he’s vengeance proud, and
loves not the common people.
Faith, there had 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
10wherefore: 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
15them plainly see’t.
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 can render it him; and leaves
20nothing 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.