Julius Caesar

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Enter Flavius, Marullus, and certain commoners over

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the stage

 

FLAVIUS

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Hence! home, you idle creatures, get you home:

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Is this a holiday? What, know you not,

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Being mechanical, you ought not walk
mechanical (n.) manual worker, craftsman, menial

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Upon a labouring day without the sign

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Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou?

 

CARPENTER

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Why, sir, a carpenter.

 

MARULLUS

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Where is thy leather apron, and thy rule?

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What dost thou with thy best apparel on?
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress

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You, sir, what trade are you?

 

COBBLER

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Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I
respect of, in (prep.) 1 in comparison with

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am but, as you would say, a cobbler.
cobbler (n.) bungler, botcher, clumsy workman

 

MARULLUS

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But what trade art thou? Answer me directly.
directly (adv.) 2 straightforwardly, rightly, without evasion

 

COBBLER

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A trade, sir, that, I hope I may use with a safe

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conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles.

 

FLAVIUS

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What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what trade?
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
naughty (adj.) 1 wicked, evil, vile

 

COBBLER

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Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me:
out (adv.) 3 angry, out of sorts

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yet if you be out, sir, I can mend you.
out (adv.) 9 out at heels, with worn shoes

 

MARULLUS

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What meanest thou by that? Mend me, thou saucy fellow?
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

 

COBBLER

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Why, sir, cobble you.

 

FLAVIUS

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Thou art a cobbler, art thou?

 

COBBLER

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Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl: I

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meddle with no tradesman's matters, nor women's mat –

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ters; but withal I am, indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes:

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when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely
recover (v.) 1 revive, restore to health

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men as ever trod upon neat's leather have gone upon
neat (n.) ox, cow, cattle

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my handiwork.

 

FLAVIUS

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But wherefore art not in thy shop today?
shop (n.) workshop, workroom

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Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?

 

COBBLER

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Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes to get myself

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into more work. But indeed, sir, we make holiday to see

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Caesar, and to rejoice in his triumph.
triumph (n.) 2 triumphal procession into Rome

 

MARULLUS

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Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?

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What tributaries follow him to Rome,
tributary (n.) ruler who pays tribute

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To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels?
grace (v.) 1 favour, add merit to, do honour to

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You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
senseless (adj.) 1 lacking human sensation, incapable of feeling

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O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,

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Knew you not Pompey? Many a time and oft
oft, many a time and very often, with great frequency

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Have you climbed up to walls and battlements,

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To towers and windows, yea, to chimney-tops,

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Your infants in your arms, and there have sat

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The livelong day, with patient expectation,
expectation (n.) 1 anticipation, hopefulness

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To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome:
pass (v.) 6 pass through, traverse

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And when you saw his chariot but appear,

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Have you not made an universal shout,

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That Tiber trembled underneath her banks
bank (n.) 2 river bank

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To hear the replication of your sounds
replication (n.) 2 reverberation, echo

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Made in her concave shores?
concave (adj.) 2 hollowed out, overhanging
shore (n.) 2 bank, edge

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And do you now put on your best attire?

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And do you now cull out a holiday?
cull out (v.) pick out, choose, decide on

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And do you now strew flowers in his way,

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That comes in triumph over Pompey's blood?

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Be gone!

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Run to your houses, fall upon your knees,

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Pray to the gods to intermit the plague
intermit (v.) withhold, suspend, keep back

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That needs must light on this ingratitude.

 

FLAVIUS

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Go, go, good countrymen, and for this fault

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Assemble all the poor men of your sort;
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank

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Draw them to Tiber banks, and weep your tears

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Into the channel, till the lowest stream

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Do kiss the most exalted shores of all.
shore (n.) 2 bank, edge

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Exeunt all the Commoners
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
mettle, mettell (n.) 1 spirit, temperament, disposition

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See where their basest mettle be not moved:

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They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness.

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Go you down that way towards the Capitol;

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This way will I. Disrobe the images,
image (n.) 2 effigy, statue, sculpture

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If you do find them decked with ceremonies.
ceremony (n.) 2 symbol of state, external sign of pomp

 

MARULLUS

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May we do so?

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You know it is the feast of Lupercal.

 

FLAVIUS

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It is no matter; let no images
image (n.) 2 effigy, statue, sculpture

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Be hung with Caesar's trophies. I'll about,
trophy (n.) 1 token of victory, evidence of valour

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And drive away the vulgar from the streets;
vulgar (n.) 1 common people, ordinary folk

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So do you too, where you perceive them thick.

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These growing feathers plucked from Caesar's wing

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Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,
pitch (n.) 1 height [to which a bird of prey soars before swooping]

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Who else would soar above the view of men,
else (adv.) 1 otherwise
view (n.) 1 sight, range of vision

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And keep us all in servile fearfulness.

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Exeunt

 
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