• Corioli. The Senate-house.
    Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS and certain Senators

    FIRST SENATOR

    So, your opinion is, Aufidius,
    That they of Rome are entered in our counsels
    And know how we proceed.

    AUFIDIUS

    Is it not yours?
    5What ever have been thought on in this state,
    That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome
    Had circumvention? ’Tis not four days gone
    Since I heard thence; these are the words: I think
    I have the letter here; yes, here it is.
    Reads
    10‘They have press’d a power, but it is not known
    Whether for east or west: the dearth is great;
    The people mutinous; and it is rumour’d,
    Cominius, Martius your old enemy,
    Who is of Rome worse hated than of you,
    15And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,
    These three lead on this preparation
    Whither ’tis bent: most likely ’tis for you:
    Consider of it.’

    FIRST SENATOR

    Our army’s in the field
    20We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready
    To answer us.
  • The Senate house in Corioles.
    TULLUS AUFIDIUS and Senators of Corioles enter.

    FIRST SENATOR

    So Aufidius, your opinion is that the Romans have spied on our council meetings
    and know how we proceed.

    AUFIDIUS

    Don’t you agree? Haven’t all the plans we’ve ever discussed here that could be put into action against Rome been thwarted? Not even four days have gone by since I heard from the field, these are the words—I think I have the letter here—yes, here it is.
    He reads.
    “They’ve raised an army, but it’s not known whether they will march east or west. The famine is serious, the people are rebelling, and it’s rumored that Cominius, your old enemy Martius—who the Romans hate worse than you—and Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, these three lead the attack, wherever it’s headed. Most likely toward you. Think about it.”

    FIRST SENATOR

    Our army’s in the field. We’ve never doubted that the Romans were ready to fight back.