• Rome. A public place.
    Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS

    SICINIUS

    We hear not of him, neither need we fear him;
    His remedies are tame i’ the present peace
    And quietness of the people, which before
    Were in wild hurry. Here do we make his friends
    5Blush that the world goes well, who rather had,
    Though they themselves did suffer by’t, behold
    Dissentious numbers pestering streets than see
    Our tradesmen with in their shops and going
    About their functions friendly.

    BRUTUS

    10We stood to’t in good time.
    Enter MENENIUS
    Is this Menenius?

    SICINIUS

    ’Tis he, ’tis he: O, he is grown most kind of late.

    BOTH TRIBUNES

    Hail sir!

    MENENIUS

    Hail to you both!

    SICINIUS

    15Your Coriolanus
    Is not much miss’d, but with his friends:
    The commonwealth doth stand, and so would do,
    Were he more angry at it.

    MENENIUS

    All’s well; and might have been much better, if
    20He could have temporized.
  • A public place in Rome.
    SICINIUS and BRUTUS enter.

    SICINIUS

    We haven’t heard about him, so we don’t need to fear him. It would be easy to deal with him now, given the peace and quietness of the people, who were in such chaos before. Now we’re making his friends blush because things are going so smoothly. His friends are the ones who would’ve chosen—to their own detriment—to see people arguing in the streets rather than have our tradesmen back in their shops and happily doing their jobs.

    BRUTUS

    We turned things around quickly.
    MENENIUS enters.
    Is this Menenius?

    SICINIUS

    It’s him, it’s him. He has become very kind lately.

    BOTH TRIBUNES

    Greetings, sir!

    MENENIUS

    Greetings to you both!

    SICINIUS

    Coriolanus is not missed much by anyone but his friends now. The people would rise up against him if he were still angry at them.

    MENENIUS

    That’s good. But things would have gone much better if he could have compromised.