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have had it. Then he offered it to him again; then he put it by again; but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then he offered it the third time; he put it the third time by; and still as he refused it the rabblement shouted and clapped their chopped hands, and 245 threw up their sweaty night-caps, and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Cæsar refused the crown, that it had almost choked Cæsar; for he swounded and fell down at it: and for mine own part, I durst not laugh, for fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air. Cas. But soft, I pray you:
what! did Cæsar swound?
252 Casca. He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless. Bru. 'Tis very like: he hath the falling-sickness.
Cas. No, Cæsar hath it not; but you, and I, And honest Casca, we have the falling-sickness.
Casca. I know not what you mean by that; 258 but I am sure Cæsar fell down. If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them, as they use to do the players in the theatre, I am no true
Bru. What said he, when he came unto himself?
Casca. Marry, before he fell down, when he perceiv'd the common herd was glad he refused the crown, he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut. An I had been a 268
244 still: always, ever
245 chopped: chapped, callous 249 swounded: fainted
252 soft: stop, wait 255 like: likely falling-sickness: epilepsy 259 tag-rag: beggarly, common
262 true: honest 267 me: expletive 'dative of interest ope: open doublet: Elizabethan jacket
268 An: if Exit.
man of any occupation, if I would not have taken
Casca. Ay, he spoke Greek.
Casca. Nay, an I tell you that, I'll ne'er look you i' the face again; but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it was Greek to
I could tell you more news too; Marullus and Flavius, for pulling scarfs off Cæsar's images, are put to silence. Fare you well. There was more foolery yet, if I could remember it.
292 Cas. Will you sup with me tc-night, Casca? Casca. No, I am promised forth.
1 Cas. Will you dine with me to-morrow?
Casca. Ay, if I be alive, and your mind hold, and your dinner worth the eating.
297 Cas. Good; I will expect you. Casca. Do so. Farewell, both.
269 occupation: artisan's calling
Bru. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be! 300 He was quick mettle when he went to school.
Cas. So is he now in execution Of any bold or noble enterprise, However he puts on this tardy form. This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit, Which gives men stomach to digest his words With better appetite. Bru. And so it is. For this time I will leave you:
308 To-morrow, if you please to speak with me, I will come home to you; or, if you will, Come home to me, and I will wait for you. Cas. I will do so: till then, think of the world. 312
Exit Brutus. Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet, I see, Thy honourable metal may be wrought From that it is dispos’d: therefore 'tis meet That noble minds keep ever with their likes ; For who so firm that cannot be seduc'd? Cæsar doth bear me hard; but he loves Brutus: If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius, He should not humour me. I will this night, In several hands, in at his windows throw, As if they came from several citizens, Writings all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name; wherein obscurely 324 Cæsar's ambition shall be glanced at: And after this let Cæsar seat him sure; For we will shake him, or worse days endure. Exit.
301 quick mettle: high-spirited 304 However: notwithstanding that tardy form: sluggish manner. 312 the world: public affairs
315 that: that to which 318 bear me hard: dislike me
320 He .
.. me; cf. n. 321 several hands: different handwritings 327 or . . . endure: or suffer disastrous consequences of our attempt
[A Street] Thunder and lightning. Enter [from opposite sides]
Casca [with his sword drawn] and Cicero.
Cic. Why, saw you anything more wonderful? Casca. A common slave-you know him well by
up his left hand, which did flame and burn
3 sway: settled order 14 more: else (or, extraordinarily). 18 sensible of: vulnerable by, sensitive to 22, 23 drawn . . . heap: crowded together in a body
Men all in fire walk up and down the streets.
Casca. He doth; for he did bid Antonius
Cic. Good-night then, Casca: this disturbed sky
Exit Cicero. Enter Cassius. Cas. Who's there? Casca.
A Roman. Cas.
Casca, by your voice. Casca. Your ear is good. Cassius, what night is
this ! Cas. A very pleasing night to honest men. Casca. Who ever knew the heavens menace so? Cas. Those that have known the earth so full of
faults. For my part, I have walk'd about the streets, Submitting me unto the perilous night, 26 bird of night: owl 32 climate: clime, region point upon: apply to 33 strange-disposed: of strange character 34 after fashion: according to men's own human predilection 35 Clean. purpose: quite apart from the true meaning 39 sky: air, state of weather
42 what night: what a night