Julius Caesar


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Drum

Enter Brutus, Lucilius, Lucius, and the army. Titinius

and Pindarus meet them


BRUTUS

Stand, ho!


LUCILIUS

Give the word, ho! and stand!


BRUTUS

What now, Lucilius, is Cassius near?


LUCILIUS

He is at hand, and Pindarus is come

To do you salutation from his master.


BRUTUS

He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,

In his own change, or by ill officers,
change (n.) 4 change of mind, changeableness, caprice
ill (adj.) 3 poor, inadequate, miserable

Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
worthy (adj.) 2 deserved, justified, warranted

Things done undone; but if he be at hand

I shall be satisfied.
satisfy (v.) 1 provide with information, reassure, convince


PINDARUS

                         I do not doubt

But that my noble master will appear

Such as he is, full of regard and honour.
regard (n.) 3 respect, repute, esteem


BRUTUS

He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius;

Brutus and Lucilius draw apart
resolve (v.) 2 satisfy, free from doubt

How he received you, let me be resolved.


LUCILIUS

With courtesy and with respect enough,

But not with such familiar instances,
familiar (adj.) 1 friendly, congenial, welcoming

Nor with such free and friendly conference,
conference (n.) 1 conversation, talk, discourse

As he hath used of old.


BRUTUS

                         Thou hast described

A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Lucilius,
hot (adj.) 2 enthusiastic, ardent, eager, keen
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]

When love begins to sicken and decay,

It useth an enforced ceremony.
ceremony (n.) 1 observance, courtesy, regard
enforced (adj.) 1 forced, constrained, affected

There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;

But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
hand, at at the start of a race
hollow (adj.) 1 empty, false, insincere
hot (adj.) 5 fast, hasty

Make gallant show and promise of their mettle;
mettle, mettell (n.) 1 spirit, temperament, disposition

Low march within

But when they should endure the bloody spur,

They fall their crests, and like deceitful jades
crest (n.) 2 [on an animal head or neck] ridge of feathers, ridge of hairs; hackles
fall (v.) 1 drop, descend, let fall
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag

Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?
sink (v.) 1 fail, fall down, give way
trial (n.) 1 action of testing, putting to the proof


LUCILIUS

They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered;

The greater part, the horse in general,
horse (n.) cavalry, horse soldiers

Are come with Cassius.

Enter Cassius and his powers
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

                         Hark! he is arrived.

March gently on to meet him.
gently (adv.) 1 like a gentleman, honourably, with dignity


CASSIUS

Stand, ho!


BRUTUS

Stand, ho! Speak the word along.


FIRST SOLDIER

Stand!


SECOND SOLDIER

Stand!


THIRD SOLDIER

Stand!


CASSIUS

Most noble brother, you have done me wrong.


BRUTUS

Judge me, you gods; wrong I mine enemies?

And if not so, how should I wrong a brother?


CASSIUS

Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs;
form (n.) 5 way of behaving, behaviour, code of conduct
sober (adj.) 1 sedate, staid, demure, grave

And when you do them –
content (adj.) 3 satisfied, calm, easy in mind


BRUTUS

                         Cassius, be content.

Speak your griefs softly; I do know you well.
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury

Before the eyes of both our armies here,

Which should perceive nothing but love from us,

Let us not wrangle. Bid them move away;

Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs,
enlarge (v.) 1 release, set at large, discharge

And I will give you audience.
audience (n.) 1 hearing, attention, reception See Topics: Attention signals


CASSIUS

                         Pindarus,

Bid our commanders lead their charges off
charge (n.) 2 company, command

A little from this ground.


BRUTUS

Lucius, do you the like, and let no man
like, the the same

Come to our tent till we have done our conference.

Lucilius and Titinius guard our door.

Exeunt all except Brutus and Cassius

 
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