LAST TIME ON CORIOLANUS: Banished from Rome, Coriolanus heads straight for the Volscian city of Antium and meets with his nemesis, Tullus Aufidius. Angry at the citizens of Rome, he offers to team up with Aufidius to help the Volscians conquer Rome.
Why is it so endearing to hear Shakespearean characters say "thwack"? I love it. Anyways, these are Aufidius's servants, and, like all good servants, they stick around and gossip a bit after Coriolanus and Aufidius leave. They're all really, really excited about the prospect of war.
Coriolanus is a massive prick for most of the play, but you really do have to agree with his assessment of the people. "Well, yes, we said "banish him", but really we thought it was a terribly idea at the time." I suppose it's an accurate depiction of an electorate as any.
Things are picking up steam now. Join me again on Monday when we enter the home stretch!