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Julius Caesar
Act 2, scene 4

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Caesar’s assassination is just the halfway point of Julius Caesar. The first part of the play leads to his death; the…

Act 1, scene 1

In Rome the people are taking a holiday to celebrate the triumphant return of Julius Caesar. The tribunes Marullus and…

Act 1, scene 2

A soothsayer advises Caesar that the fifteenth of March will be a dangerous day for him. When Caesar and others…

Act 1, scene 3

Casca, meeting Cicero, describes the marvels visible in the streets that night and suggests that the marvels foretell important events…

Act 2, scene 1

Brutus anxiously ponders joining the conspiracy against Caesar. When he is brought one of the unsigned letters that Cassius has…

Act 2, scene 2

It is now the fifteenth of March. Calphurnia, Caesar’s wife, persuades him to stay home because she fears for his…

Act 2, scene 3

Artemidorus waits in the street for Caesar in order to give him a letter warning him of the conspiracy.

Act 2, scene 4

Portia, who has been told of the conspirators’ plan to kill Caesar, waits anxiously for news of their success. She…

Act 3, scene 1

In the street Caesar brushes aside Artemidorus’s attempt to warn him of the conspiracy. Once inside the Capitol, the conspirators…

Act 3, scene 2

Brutus explains to the people that the cause of Caesar’s assassination was the preservation of the Roman Republic from Caesar’s…

Act 3, scene 3

Cinna the poet is attacked and killed by the Roman mob because his name is the same as that of…

Act 4, scene 1

Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius meet to condemn to death those who may oppose them. Sending Lepidus for Caesar’s will, Antony…

Act 4, scene 2

Brutus and Cassius each feel wronged by the other. They prepare to withdraw from the view of their armies to…

Act 4, scene 3

Brutus and Cassius exchange accusations in Brutus’s tent. They grow angry with each other but are quickly reconciled, and Brutus…

Act 5, scene 1

The opposing armies confront each other at Philippi. Before the battle, Brutus and Cassius exchange insults with Antony and Octavius….

Act 5, scene 2

Brutus sends Messala to throw all Brutus’s legions into the battle.

Act 5, scene 3

Cassius, mistakenly believing that the battle has been lost and that Titinius has been taken captive, orders Pindarus to kill…

Act 5, scene 4

Brutus’s forces are defeated in the second battle. Lucilius calls attention to himself and away from Brutus by announcing himself…

Act 5, scene 5

Brutus begs four of his followers to assist him in his suicide. All but the fourth decline. Brutus kills himself….

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Scene 4

Enter Portia and Lucius.

PORTIA 
 I prithee, boy, run to the Senate House.
 Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone.
 Why dost thou stay?
LUCIUS  To know my errand, madam.
PORTIA 
5 I would have had thee there and here again
 Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there.
 Aside. O constancy, be strong upon my side;
 Set a huge mountain ’tween my heart and tongue.
 I have a man’s mind but a woman’s might.

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10 How hard it is for women to keep counsel!—
 Art thou here yet?
LUCIUS  Madam, what should I do?
 Run to the Capitol, and nothing else?
 And so return to you, and nothing else?
PORTIA 
15 Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
 For he went sickly forth. And take good note
 What Caesar doth, what suitors press to him.
 Hark, boy, what noise is that?
LUCIUS I hear none, madam.
PORTIA 20Prithee, listen well.
 I heard a bustling rumor like a fray,
 And the wind brings it from the Capitol.
LUCIUS Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.

Enter the Soothsayer.

PORTIA 
 Come hither, fellow. Which way hast thou been?
SOOTHSAYER 25At mine own house, good lady.
PORTIA What is ’t o’clock?
SOOTHSAYER About the ninth hour, lady.
PORTIA 
 Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?
SOOTHSAYER 
 Madam, not yet. I go to take my stand
30 To see him pass on to the Capitol.
PORTIA 
 Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou not?
SOOTHSAYER 
 That I have, lady. If it will please Caesar
 To be so good to Caesar as to hear me,
 I shall beseech him to befriend himself.
PORTIA 
35 Why, know’st thou any harm’s intended towards
 him?

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SOOTHSAYER 
 None that I know will be, much that I fear may
 chance.
 Good morrow to you.—Here the street is narrow.
40 The throng that follows Caesar at the heels,
 Of senators, of praetors, common suitors,
 Will crowd a feeble man almost to death.
 I’ll get me to a place more void, and there
 Speak to great Caesar as he comes along.He exits.
PORTIA 
45 I must go in. Aside. Ay me, how weak a thing
 The heart of woman is! O Brutus,
 The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!
 Sure the boy heard me. To Lucius. Brutus hath a
 suit
50 That Caesar will not grant. Aside. O, I grow
 faint.—
 Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord.
 Say I am merry. Come to me again
 And bring me word what he doth say to thee.
They exit separately.