For I will fight
Against my canker’d country with the spleen
Of all the under fiends.
The act kicks off with a scene that’s comprised mostly of Coriolanus telling his friends and family not to blubber as he takes his leave of Rome and them telling him how wonderful he is. Following that, the great man’s wife and mother come upon Sicinius and Brutus in the street and mince no words in ripping them a new one for stirring up the populace against Coriolanus. Who has left Rome now and wastes no time in seeking out his old nemesis, Aufidius, of the Volsces. Not surprisingly, he is seeking to form an alliance and take revenge against the Romans. This can't end well.