Unit 5:


Guide for Teachers & Students


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 sprinhtly, waking, audible, and full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible; a great getter of more bastard children than war's a destroyer of men.

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.

Third Servingman: Reason: because they then less need one another. The wars for my money.

Shakespeare's Coriolanus