Speeches (Lines) for First Servingman in "The Tragedy of Coriolanus"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 IV / 5
  • Wine, wine, wine! What service
    is here! I think our fellows are asleep.
  • Wine, wine, wine! What service
    is here! I think our fellows are asleep.
  • Coriolanus. Thank you, sir: farewell.
    [Exit Citizen]
    O world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn,
    Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,
    Whose house, whose bed, whose meal, and exercise,
    Are still together, who twin, as 'twere, in love
    Unseparable, shall within this hour,
    On a dissension of a doit, break out
    To bitterest enmity: so, fellest foes,
    Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep,
    To take the one the other, by some chance,
    Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends
    And interjoin their issues. So with me:
    My birth-place hate I, and my love's upon
    This enemy town. I'll enter: if he slay me,
    He does fair justice; if he give me way,
    I'll do his country service.

    First Servingman. Wine, wine, wine! What service
    is here! I think our fellows are asleep.

2 IV / 5
  • What would you have, friend? whence are you?
    Here's no place for you: pray,...
  • What would you have, friend? whence are you?
    Here's no place for you: pray, go to the door.
  • Coriolanus. A goodly house: the feast smells well; but I
    Appear not like a guest.

    First Servingman. What would you have, friend? whence are you?
    Here's no place for you: pray, go to the door.

3 IV / 5
  • A strange one as ever I looked on: I cannot get him
    out of the house: prithe...
  • A strange one as ever I looked on: I cannot get him
    out of the house: prithee, call my master to him.
  • Third Servingman. What fellow's this?

    First Servingman. A strange one as ever I looked on: I cannot get him
    out of the house: prithee, call my master to him.

4 IV / 5
  • Here's a strange alteration!
  • Here's a strange alteration!
  • Tullus Aufidius. Therefore, most absolute sir, if thou wilt have
    The leading of thine own revenges, take
    The one half of my commission; and set down--
    As best thou art experienced, since thou know'st
    Thy country's strength and weakness,--thine own ways;
    Whether to knock against the gates of Rome,
    Or rudely visit them in parts remote,
    To fright them, ere destroy. But come in:
    Let me commend thee first to those that shall
    Say yea to thy desires. A thousand welcomes!
    And more a friend than e'er an enemy;
    Yet, CORIOLANUS, that was much. Your hand: most welcome!
    [Exeunt CORIOLANUS and AUFIDIUS. The two]
    Servingmen come forward]

    First Servingman. Here's a strange alteration!

5 IV / 5
  • What an arm he has! he turned me about with his
    finger and his thumb, as one...
  • What an arm he has! he turned me about with his
    finger and his thumb, as one would set up a top.
  • Second Servingman. By my hand, I had thought to have strucken him with
    a cudgel; and yet my mind gave me his clothes made a
    false report of him.

    First Servingman. What an arm he has! he turned me about with his
    finger and his thumb, as one would set up a top.

6 IV / 5
  • He had so; looking as it were--would I were hanged,
    but I thought there was...
  • He had so; looking as it were--would I were hanged,
    but I thought there was more in him than I could think.
  • Second Servingman. Nay, I knew by his face that there was something in
    him: he had, sir, a kind of face, methought,--I
    cannot tell how to term it.

    First Servingman. He had so; looking as it were--would I were hanged,
    but I thought there was more in him than I could think.

7 IV / 5
  • I think he is: but a greater soldier than he you wot on.
  • I think he is: but a greater soldier than he you wot on.
  • Second Servingman. So did I, I'll be sworn: he is simply the rarest
    man i' the world.

    First Servingman. I think he is: but a greater soldier than he you wot on.

8 IV / 5
  • Nay, it's no matter for that.
  • Nay, it's no matter for that.
  • Second Servingman. Who, my master?

    First Servingman. Nay, it's no matter for that.

9 IV / 5
  • Nay, not so neither: but I take him to be the
    greater soldier.
  • Nay, not so neither: but I take him to be the
    greater soldier.
  • Second Servingman. Worth six on him.

    First Servingman. Nay, not so neither: but I take him to be the
    greater soldier.

10 IV / 5
  • Ay, and for an assault too.
  • Ay, and for an assault too.
  • Second Servingman. Faith, look you, one cannot tell how to say that:
    for the defence of a town, our general is excellent.

    First Servingman. Ay, and for an assault too.

11 IV / 5
  • [together] What, what, what? let's partake.
  • [together] What, what, what? let's partake.
  • Third Servingman. O slaves, I can tell you news,-- news, you rascals!

    First Servingman. [together] What, what, what? let's partake.

12 IV / 5
  • [together] Wherefore? wherefore?
  • [together] Wherefore? wherefore?
  • Third Servingman. I would not be a Roman, of all nations; I had as
    lieve be a condemned man.

    First Servingman. [together] Wherefore? wherefore?

13 IV / 5
  • Why do you say 'thwack our general '?
  • Why do you say 'thwack our general '?
  • Third Servingman. Why, here's he that was wont to thwack our general,
    Caius CORIOLANUS.

    First Servingman. Why do you say 'thwack our general '?

14 IV / 5
  • He was too hard for him directly, to say the troth
    on't: before Corioli he s...
  • He was too hard for him directly, to say the troth
    on't: before Corioli he scotched him and notched
    him like a carbon ado.
  • Second Servingman. Come, we are fellows and friends: he was ever too
    hard for him; I have heard him say so himself.

    First Servingman. He was too hard for him directly, to say the troth
    on't: before Corioli he scotched him and notched
    him like a carbon ado.

15 IV / 5
  • But, more of thy news?
  • But, more of thy news?
  • Second Servingman. An he had been cannibally given, he might have
    broiled and eaten him too.

    First Servingman. But, more of thy news?

16 IV / 5
  • Directitude! what's that?
  • Directitude! what's that?
  • Third Servingman. Do't! he will do't; for, look you, sir, he has as
    many friends as enemies; which friends, sir, as it
    were, durst not, look you, sir, show themselves, as
    we term it, his friends whilst he's in directitude.

    First Servingman. Directitude! what's that?

17 IV / 5
  • But when goes this forward?
  • But when goes this forward?
  • Third Servingman. But when they shall see, sir, his crest up again,
    and the man in blood, they will out of their
    burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with
    him.

    First Servingman. But when goes this forward?

18 IV / 5
  • Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace as far as
    day does night; it's spri...
  • Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace as far as
    day does night; it's spritely, waking, audible, and
    full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy;
    mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible; a getter of more
    bastard children than war's a destroyer of men.
  • Second Servingman. Why, then we shall have a stirring world again.
    This peace is nothing, but to rust iron, increase
    tailors, and breed ballad-makers.

    First Servingman. Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace as far as
    day does night; it's spritely, waking, audible, and
    full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy;
    mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible; a getter of more
    bastard children than war's a destroyer of men.

19 IV / 5
  • Ay, and it makes men hate one another.
  • Ay, and it makes men hate one another.
  • Second Servingman. 'Tis so: and as war, in some sort, may be said to
    be a ravisher, so it cannot be denied but peace is a
    great maker of cuckolds.

    First Servingman. Ay, and it makes men hate one another.

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