• The tent of Coriolanus.
    Enter CORIOLANUS, AUFIDIUS, and others

    CORIOLANUS

    We will before the walls of Rome tomorrow
    Set down our host. My partner in this action,
    You must report to the Volscian lords, how plainly
    I have borne this business.

    AUFIDIUS

    5Only their ends
    You have respected; stopp’d your ears against
    The general suit of Rome; never admitted
    A private whisper, no, not with such friends
    That thought them sure of you.

    CORIOLANUS

    10This last old man,
    Whom with a crack’d heart I have sent to Rome,
    Loved me above the measure of a father;
    Nay, godded me, indeed. Their latest refuge
    Was to send him; for whose old love I have,
    15Though I show’d sourly to him, once more offer’d
    The first conditions, which they did refuse
    And cannot now accept; to grace him only
    That thought he could do more, a very little
    I have yielded to: fresh embassies and suits,
    20Nor from the state nor private friends, hereafter
    Will I lend ear to. Ha! what shout is this?
  • Coriolanus’s tent.
    CORIOLANUS, AUFIDIUS and others enter.

    CORIOLANUS

    Tomorrow we’ll lead our army to the walls of Rome. As my partner in this attack, you must report to the Volscian lords on how straightforwardly I’ve carried this out.

    AUFIDIUS

    You have respected their aims entirely and blocked your ears against the general plea of Rome. You’ve never had even a private whisper with your old friends who thought they might persuade you.

    CORIOLANUS

    This last old man, whom with a broken heart I’ve sent back to Rome, loved me better than a father. Indeed, he treated me like a god. Their last resort was to send him. Though I turned him away, out of love for him I again offered the same terms they had previously refused and now cannot accept. That is all I have yielded to he who thought that he could do more. I’ll no longer listen to any more pleas, made either by the state or by my private friends. Ha! What shout is this?