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And let us presently go sit in council,
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake, 48
[Camp near Sardis. Before Brutus' Tent] Drum. Enter Brutus, Lucilius, [Lucius,] and the
Army. Titinius and Pindarus meet them.
Lucil. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come 4
Bru. He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
I do not doubt
you, let me be resolv'd. Lucil. With courtesy and with respect enough;
46 covert: hidden disclos'd: discovered 47 answered: faced, met
48, 49 Cf. n. 1 Stand: halt
2 Give the word: pass along the command 7 Owing to a change in himself, or through misconduct of subordi. nates
12 full . . . honour: worthy of honorable regard
But not with such familiar instances,
16 Nor with such free and friendly conference, As he hath us'd of old. Bru.
Thou hast describ'd A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Lucilius, When love begins to sicken and decay,
20 It useth an enforced ceremony. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith; But hollow men, like horses hot at hand, Make gallant show and promise of their mettle; 24 But when they should endure the bloody spur, They fall their crests, and, like deceitful jades, Sink in the trial. Comes his army on? Lucil. They mean this night in Sardis to be quarter'd;
28 The greater part, the horse in general, Are come with Cassius. Bru.
Hark! he is arriv'd.
Low march within. March gently on to meet him.
Enter Cassius and his Powers.
Cas. Stand, ho!
32 Bru. Stand, ho! Speak the word along. [First Officer.] Stand! [Sec. Officer.] Stand! [Third Officer.] Stand!
36 Cas. Most noble brother, you have done me wrong.
Bru. Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies? And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
16 familiar instances: marks of familiarity 23 hollow: insincere hot at hand: fiery at the start, only 26 fall: let fall, lower jades: worthless nags 27 Sink trial: fail in the pinch 29 the horse in general: all the cavalry 31 gently: slowly
Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs;
40 And when you do themBru.
Cassius, be content; Speak your griefs softly: I do know you well. Before the eyes of both our armies here, Which should perceive nothing but love from us, 44 Let us not wrangle: bid them move away; Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs, And I will give you audience. Cas.
Pindarus, Bid our commanders lead their charges off
48 A little from this ground.
Bru. Lucilius, do you the like; and let no man Come to our tent till we have done our conference. Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door.
[Within the Tent of Brutus]
[Enter] Brutus and Cassius. Cas. That you have wrong'd me doth appear in
Bru. You wrong'd yourself to write in such a case.
40 sober form: calm behavior
4 praying 5 slighted off: tossed slightingly aside
42 softly: gently Scene Three S. d.; cf. n. side: interceding for him
That every nice offence should bear his comment. 8
Bru. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
I an itching palm!
Bru. The name of Cassius honours this corruption, And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
24 And sell the mighty space of our large honours For so much trash as may be grasped thus? I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon, Than such a Roman. Cas. Brutus, bay not me;
28 I'll not endure it: you forget yourself, To hedge me in. I am a soldier, I, Older in practice, abler than yourself To make conditions. Bru.
Go to; you are not, Cassius. 32 8 nice: trivial bear comment: be censured 10 condemn'd to have: blamed for having
11 mart: market 15 honours corruption: sanctions this corrupt practice 20, 21 What justice; cf. n. 23 robbers: his dishonest favorites 25, 26 Cf. n.
27 bay: bark at 28 Cf. n.
31 practice: experience 32 make conditions: determine the proper treatment of subordinates
(referring to lines 1-5) Go to: Nonsense!
Cas. I am.
Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself; Have mind upon your health; tempt me no further.
36 Bru. Away, slight man! Cas. Is 't possible? Bru.
Hear me, for I will speak. Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted when a madman stares ? 40
Cas. O ye gods, ye gods! Must I endure all this? Bru. All this ! ay, more: fret till your proud heart
break; Go show your slaves how choleric you are, And make your bondmen tremble. Must I budge? 44 Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humour? By the gods, You shall digest the venom of your spleen, Though it do split you; for, from this day forth, 48 I'll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter, When you are waspish. Cas.
Is it come to this? Bru. You say you are a better soldier: Let it appear so; make your vaunting true,
If you did, I care not.
mov'd me. 36 Have . health: have regard for your safety 44 budge: flinch
45 observe: pay humble reverence to