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And let us presently go sit in council,
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake,
[Camp near Sardis. Before Brutus' Tent] Drum. Enter Brutus, Lucilius, [Lucius,] and the Army. Titinius and Pindarus meet them.
Bru. Stand, ho!
Lucil. Give the word, ho! and stand!
Bru. What now, Lucilius! is Cassius near?
To do you salutation from his master.
Bru. He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
In his own change, or by ill officers,
Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
I do not doubt But that my noble master will appear Such as he is, full of regard and honour.
Bru. He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius; How he receiv'd you, let me be resolv'd.
Lucil. With courtesy and with respect enough;
46 covert: hidden
48, 49 Cf. n.
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,
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
Make gallant show and promise of their mettle;
Lucil. They mean this night in Sardis to be
The greater part, the horse in general,
Hark! he is arriv'd.
March gently on to meet him.
Enter Cassius and his Powers.
Cas. Stand, ho!
Bru. Stand, ho! Speak the word along. [First Officer.] Stand!
[Sec. Officer.] Stand!
[Third Officer.] Stand!
16 familiar instances: marks of familiarity
23 hollow: insincere
hot at hand: fiery at the start, only
26 fall: let fall, lower
27 Sink trial: fail in the pinch
Low march within.
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?
Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours
And when you do them—
Pindarus, Bid our commanders lead their charges off 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.
40 sober form: calm behavior
46 enlarge: set forth fully 2 noted: stigmatized
4 praying 5 slighted off: tossed slightingly aside
[Within the Tent of Brutus]
[Enter] Brutus and Cassius.
Cas. That you have wrong'd me doth appear in
You have condemn'd and noted Lucius Pella
Bru. You wrong'd yourself to write in such a case.
42 softly: gently Scene Three S. d.; cf. n. side: interceding for him
That every nice offence should bear his comment.
I an itching palm!
You know that you are Brutus that speaks this,
8 nice: trivial
Go to; you are not, Cassius.
comment: be censured
Bru. Remember March, the ides of March remem-
Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
corruption: sanctions this corrupt practice
20, 21 What
11 mart: market
25, 26 Cf. n. 28 Cf. n.
27 bay: bark at 31 practice: experience
32 make conditions: determine the proper treatment of subordinates (referring to lines 1-5) Go to: Nonsense!
Cas. I am.
Bru. I say you are not.
Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself; Have mind upon your health; tempt me no fur
Bru. Away, slight man!
Hear me, for I will speak. Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted when a madman stares?
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
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.
I shall be glad to learn of noble men.
Cas. You wrong me every way; you wrong me, Brutus ;
I said an elder soldier, not a better:
Did I say, 'better'?
If you did, I care not.
Cas. When Cæsar liv'd, he durst not thus have mov'd me.
36 Have. health: have regard for your safety 44 budge: flinch
45 observe: pay humble reverence to