Study Guide

Coriolanus Act 4, Scene 3

By William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 3

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  • On a highway between Rome and Antium, a Roman who has been spying for the Volscians has a secret meeting with a Volscian guy named Adrian.
  • After some friendly chit-chat, they get down to business.
  • The Roman spy reports that there's been a ton of drama in Rome lately. The patricians have been fighting with the plebeians and Coriolanus has been totally banished. Plus, the patricians are about two seconds away from taking away the plebeians' right to elect tribunes.
  • Adrian the Volscian thinks this is great. Now the Volscian army can take advantage of all the in-fighting going on in Rome.