Speeches (Lines) for Valeria
in "Coriolanus"

Total: 14

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(stage directions). [Enter VALERIA, with an Usher and Gentlewoman]

Valeria. My ladies both, good day to you.



Virgilia. I am glad to see your ladyship.

Valeria. How do you both? you are manifest house-keepers.
What are you sewing here? A fine spot, in good
faith. How does your little son?



Volumnia. He had rather see the swords, and hear a drum, than
look upon his school-master.

Valeria. O' my word, the father's son: I'll swear,'tis a
very pretty boy. O' my troth, I looked upon him o'
Wednesday half an hour together: has such a
confirmed countenance. I saw him run after a gilded
butterfly: and when he caught it, he let it go
again; and after it again; and over and over he
comes, and again; catched it again; or whether his
fall enraged him, or how 'twas, he did so set his
teeth and tear it; O, I warrant it, how he mammocked



Volumnia. One on 's father's moods.

Valeria. Indeed, la, 'tis a noble child.



Virgilia. A crack, madam.

Valeria. Come, lay aside your stitchery; I must have you play
the idle husewife with me this afternoon.



Virgilia. No, good madam; I will not out of doors.

Valeria. Not out of doors!



Virgilia. Indeed, no, by your patience; I'll not over the
threshold till my lord return from the wars.

Valeria. Fie, you confine yourself most unreasonably: come,
you must go visit the good lady that lies in.



Virgilia. 'Tis not to save labour, nor that I want love.

Valeria. You would be another Penelope: yet, they say, all
the yarn she spun in Ulysses' absence did but fill
Ithaca full of moths. Come; I would your cambric
were sensible as your finger, that you might leave
pricking it for pity. Come, you shall go with us.



Virgilia. No, good madam, pardon me; indeed, I will not forth.

Valeria. In truth, la, go with me; and I'll tell you
excellent news of your husband.



Virgilia. O, good madam, there can be none yet.

Valeria. Verily, I do not jest with you; there came news from
him last night.



Virgilia. Indeed, madam?

Valeria. In earnest, it's true; I heard a senator speak it.
Thus it is: the Volsces have an army forth; against
whom Cominius the general is gone, with one part of
our Roman power: your lord and Titus TITUS are set
down before their city Corioli; they nothing doubt
prevailing and to make it brief wars. This is true,
on mine honour; and so, I pray, go with us.



Volumnia. Let her alone, lady: as she is now, she will but
disease our better mirth.

Valeria. In troth, I think she would. Fare you well, then.
Come, good sweet lady. Prithee, Virgilia, turn thy
solemness out o' door. and go along with us.



Virgilia. No, at a word, madam; indeed, I must not. I wish
you much mirth.

Valeria. Well, then, farewell.



Volumnia. Good ladies, let's go. Yes, yes, yes; the senate
has letters from the general, wherein he gives my
son the whole name of the war: he hath in this
action outdone his former deeds doubly

Valeria. In troth, there's wondrous things spoke of him.

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