Julius Caesar


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Enter Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus
prick down, prick (v.) mark (down), put on a list, record in writing


ANTONY

These many then shall die; their names are pricked.


OCTAVIUS

Your brother too must die; consent you, Lepidus?


LEPIDUS

I do consent.
prick down, prick (v.) mark (down), put on a list, record in writing


OCTAVIUS

                         Prick him down, Antony.


LEPIDUS

Upon condition Publius shall not live,
condition (n.) 8 provision, stipulation, proviso

Who is your sister's son, Mark Antony.


ANTONY

He shall not live. Look, with a spot I damn him.

But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar's house;

Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine

How to cut off some charge in legacies.
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay
cut off (v.) 1 remove, take away, reduce


LEPIDUS

What, shall I find you here?


OCTAVIUS

Or here or at the Capitol.

Exit Lepidus


ANTONY

This is a slight unmeritable man,
slight (adj.) 1 worthless, insignificant, good-for-nothing
unmeritable (adj.) unworthy, undeserving, lacking in merit

Meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit,
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

The three-fold world divided, he should stand

One of the three to share it?


OCTAVIUS

                         So you thought him,

And took his voice who should be pricked to die
prick down, prick (v.) mark (down), put on a list, record in writing
voice (n.) 1 vote, official support See Topics: Frequency count

In our black sentence and proscription.
black (adj.) 2 deadly, doomladen, of death
proscription (n.) condemnation


ANTONY

Octavius, I have seen more days than you;

And though we lay these honours on this man,

To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads,
divers (adj.) different, various, several
load (n.) burden, imputation

He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,

To groan and sweat under the business,
business (n.) 1 deed, action, affair, task

Either led or driven, as we point the way;

And having brought our treasure where we will,

Then take we down his load, and turn him off,

Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears
empty (adj.) 3 unburdened, idle, unoccupied

And graze in commons.
common (n.) 6 public property, common land, open pasture


OCTAVIUS

                         You may do your will;

But he's a tried and valiant soldier.


ANTONY

So is my horse, Octavius, and for that

I do appoint him store of provender.
appoint (v.) 2 grant, provide, assign
store (n.) 1 abundance, plenty, surplus, quantity

It is a creature that I teach to fight,

To wind, to stop, to run directly on,
wind (v.) 4 [horsemanship] make wheel about

His corporal motion governed by my spirit.
corporal (adj.) 1 bodily, physical
spirit (n.) 1 disposition, temperament, frame of mind

And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so:
taste (n.) 2 measure, degree, slight way

He must be taught and trained, and bid go forth:

A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
barren-spirited (adj.) dull-minded, lacking the spirit to respond

On objects, arts, and imitations,
art (n.) 7 artifice, artificial conduct; or: wile, trick
imitation (n.) artificiality, unoriginal notion
object (n.) 1 spectacle, sight, object of attention

Which, out of use and staled by other men,
stale (v.) 1 make stale, wear out

Begins his fashion. Do not talk of him
fashion (n.) 4 observance, style, latest practice

But as a property. And now, Octavius,

Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius
listen (v.) listen to, pay attention to, hear

Are levying powers; we must straight make head.
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Therefore let our alliance be combined,

Our best friends made, our means stretched;
make (v.) 8 raise, acquire, procure
stretch (v.) 1 strain to the utmost, maximally exert

And let us presently go sit in council,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

How covert matters may be best disclosed,
covert (adj.) 1 secret, hidden, concealed

And open perils surest answered.
answer (v.) 5 cope with, face, encounter
sure (adv.) 1 securely, safely, well


OCTAVIUS

Let us do so; for we are at the stake,
stake, at the [bear-baiting] under attack; or [gambling]: at risk

And bayed about with many enemies;
bay about (v.) bring to bay, surround

And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,

Millions of mischiefs.
mischief (n.) 2 wicked action, evil deed, harmful scheme

Exeunt

 
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