Speeches (Lines) for Third Citizen in "The Tragedy of Coriolanus"

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1 II / 3
  • We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a
    power that we have no power...
  • We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a
    power that we have no power to do; for if he show us
    his wounds and tell us his deeds, we are to put our
    tongues into those wounds and speak for them; so, if
    he tell us his noble deeds, we must also tell him
    our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is
    monstrous, and for the multitude to be ingrateful,
    were to make a monster of the multitude: of the
    which we being members, should bring ourselves to be
    monstrous members.
  • Second Citizen. We may, sir, if we will.

    Third Citizen. We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a
    power that we have no power to do; for if he show us
    his wounds and tell us his deeds, we are to put our
    tongues into those wounds and speak for them; so, if
    he tell us his noble deeds, we must also tell him
    our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is
    monstrous, and for the multitude to be ingrateful,
    were to make a monster of the multitude: of the
    which we being members, should bring ourselves to be
    monstrous members.

2 II / 3
  • We have been called so of many; not that our heads
    are some brown, some blac...
  • We have been called so of many; not that our heads
    are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald,
    but that our wits are so diversely coloured: and
    truly I think if all our wits were to issue out of
    one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south,
    and their consent of one direct way should be at
    once to all the points o' the compass.
  • First Citizen. And to make us no better thought of, a little help
    will serve; for once we stood up about the corn, he
    himself stuck not to call us the many-headed multitude.

    Third Citizen. We have been called so of many; not that our heads
    are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald,
    but that our wits are so diversely coloured: and
    truly I think if all our wits were to issue out of
    one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south,
    and their consent of one direct way should be at
    once to all the points o' the compass.

3 II / 3
  • Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's
    will;'tis strongly wedge...
  • Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's
    will;'tis strongly wedged up in a block-head, but
    if it were at liberty, 'twould, sure, southward.
  • Second Citizen. Think you so? Which way do you judge my wit would
    fly?

    Third Citizen. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's
    will;'tis strongly wedged up in a block-head, but
    if it were at liberty, 'twould, sure, southward.

4 II / 3
  • To lose itself in a fog, where being three parts
    melted away with rotten dew...
  • To lose itself in a fog, where being three parts
    melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return
    for conscience sake, to help to get thee a wife.
  • Second Citizen. Why that way?

    Third Citizen. To lose itself in a fog, where being three parts
    melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return
    for conscience sake, to help to get thee a wife.

5 II / 3
  • Are you all resolved to give your voices? But
    that's no matter, the greater...
  • Are you all resolved to give your voices? But
    that's no matter, the greater part carries it. I
    say, if he would incline to the people, there was
    never a worthier man.
    [Enter CORIOLANUS in a gown of humility,]
    with MENENIUS]
    Here he comes, and in the gown of humility: mark his
    behavior. We are not to stay all together, but to
    come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, and
    by threes. He's to make his requests by
    particulars; wherein every one of us has a single
    honour, in giving him our own voices with our own
    tongues: therefore follow me, and I direct you how
    you shall go by him.
  • Second Citizen. You are never without your tricks: you may, you may.

    Third Citizen. Are you all resolved to give your voices? But
    that's no matter, the greater part carries it. I
    say, if he would incline to the people, there was
    never a worthier man.
    [Enter CORIOLANUS in a gown of humility,]
    with MENENIUS]
    Here he comes, and in the gown of humility: mark his
    behavior. We are not to stay all together, but to
    come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, and
    by threes. He's to make his requests by
    particulars; wherein every one of us has a single
    honour, in giving him our own voices with our own
    tongues: therefore follow me, and I direct you how
    you shall go by him.

6 II / 3
  • We do, sir; tell us what hath brought you to't.
  • We do, sir; tell us what hath brought you to't.
  • Coriolanus. Bid them wash their faces
    And keep their teeth clean.
    [Re-enter two of the Citizens]
    So, here comes a brace.
    [Re-enter a third Citizen]
    You know the cause, air, of my standing here.

    Third Citizen. We do, sir; tell us what hath brought you to't.

7 II / 3
  • How not your own desire?
  • How not your own desire?
  • Coriolanus. Ay, but not mine own desire.

    Third Citizen. How not your own desire?

8 II / 3
  • You must think, if we give you any thing, we hope to
    gain by you.
  • You must think, if we give you any thing, we hope to
    gain by you.
  • Coriolanus. No, sir,'twas never my desire yet to trouble the
    poor with begging.

    Third Citizen. You must think, if we give you any thing, we hope to
    gain by you.

9 II / 3
  • But this is something odd.
  • But this is something odd.
  • Coriolanus. A match, sir. There's in all two worthy voices
    begged. I have your alms: adieu.

    Third Citizen. But this is something odd.

10 II / 3
  • Certainly
    He flouted us downright.
  • Certainly
    He flouted us downright.
  • Second Citizen. Amen, sir: to my poor unworthy notice,
    He mock'd us when he begg'd our voices.

    Third Citizen. Certainly
    He flouted us downright.

11 II / 3
  • He said he had wounds, which he could show
    in private;
    And with his hat,...
  • He said he had wounds, which he could show
    in private;
    And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
    'I would be consul,' says he: 'aged custom,
    But by your voices, will not so permit me;
    Your voices therefore.' When we granted that,
    Here was 'I thank you for your voices: thank you:
    Your most sweet voices: now you have left
    your voices,
    I have no further with you.' Was not this mockery?
  • Citizens. No, no; no man saw 'em.

    Third Citizen. He said he had wounds, which he could show
    in private;
    And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
    'I would be consul,' says he: 'aged custom,
    But by your voices, will not so permit me;
    Your voices therefore.' When we granted that,
    Here was 'I thank you for your voices: thank you:
    Your most sweet voices: now you have left
    your voices,
    I have no further with you.' Was not this mockery?

12 II / 3
  • He's not confirm'd; we may deny him yet.
  • He's not confirm'd; we may deny him yet.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Have you
    Ere now denied the asker? and now again
    Of him that did not ask, but mock, bestow
    Your sued-for tongues?

    Third Citizen. He's not confirm'd; we may deny him yet.

13 IV / 6
  • And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very
    many of us: that we did, we...
  • And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very
    many of us: that we did, we did for the best; and
    though we willingly consented to his banishment, yet
    it was against our will.
  • Second Citizen. And so did I.

    Third Citizen. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very
    many of us: that we did, we did for the best; and
    though we willingly consented to his banishment, yet
    it was against our will.

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