• The same. A street near the gate.
    Enter SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an Aedile

    SICINIUS

    Bid them all home; he’s gone, and we’ll no further.
    The nobility are vex’d, whom we see have sided
    In his behalf.

    BRUTUS

    Now we have shown our power,
    5Let us seem humbler after it is done
    Than when it was a-doing.

    SICINIUS

    Bid them home:
    Say their great enemy is gone, and they
    Stand in their ancient strength.

    BRUTUS

    10Dismiss them home.
    Exit Aedile
    Here comes his mother.

    SICINIUS

    Let’s not meet her.

    BRUTUS

    Why?

    SICINIUS

    They say she’s mad.

    BRUTUS

    15They have ta’en note of us: keep on your way.
    Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS

    VOLUMNIA

    O, ye’re well met: the hoarded plague o’ the gods
    Requite your love!

    MENENIUS

    Peace, peace; be not so loud.

    VOLUMNIA

    If that I could for weeping, you should hear,—
    20Nay, and you shall hear some.
  • The same street, near the gate.
    SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an aedile enter.

    SICINIUS

    Tell them all to go home. He’s gone, and we won’t go any further. The nobles who sided with him are angry.

    BRUTUS

    Now that we’ve exerted our power, let’s at least pretend to be humble, like before.

    SICINIUS

    Tell them to go home. Explain that their great enemy is gone and that their freedoms have been restored.

    BRUTUS

    Send them home.
    The aedile exits.
    Here comes his mother.

    SICINIUS

    Let’s not talk to her.

    BRUTUS

    Why?

    SICINIUS

    They say she’s crazy.

    BRUTUS

    They’ve seen us. Keep walking.
    VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS enter.

    VOLUMNIA

    Some coincidence, running into you. May the gods repay you for this with the plague!

    MENENIUS

    Calm down. Don’t be so loud.

    VOLUMNIA

    If I could cry quietly I would. You should hear me cry—
    No, you will hear me.