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The Nature of Coriolanus’ and Aufidius’ Encounter

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Coriolanus, Act Four, Scene Five, William Shakespeare, 1605-1610

Shakespeare, William. “Coriolanus.” Folger Digital Texts. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

Which of the following BEST describes the encounter between Coriolanus and Aufidius?

A

Two former enemies become allies by virtue of the fact that one is finally able to perceive the grievances of the other.

B

Two former enemies become allies by virtue of the fact that one acknowledges his weaknesses in the presence of the other.

C

Two former enemies become allies by virtue of the fact that both now share a common antagonist.

D

Two strangers encounter each other and then recognize one another as former adversaries; as neither holds a military position anymore, they part ways as amicably as possible.

E

Two strangers encounter each other and then recognize one another as former confederates in arms; they briefly recall their days as warriors before Aufidius asks Coriolanus if he will ever consider fighting again.