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Julius Caesar
Act 4, scene 2

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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 2

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
5 To do you salutation from his master.
BRUTUS 
 He greets me well.—Your master, Pindarus,
 In his own change or by ill officers,
 Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
 Things done undone, but if he be at hand
10 I shall be satisfied.
PINDARUS  I do not doubt
 But that my noble master will appear
 Such as he is, full of regard and honor.
BRUTUS 
 He is not doubted.Brutus and Lucilius walk aside.
15 A word, Lucilius,
 How he received you. Let me be resolved.
LUCILIUS 
 With courtesy and with respect enough,
 But not with such familiar instances
 Nor with such free and friendly conference
20 As he hath used of old.

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BRUTUS  Thou hast described
 A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Lucilius,
 When love begins to sicken and decay
 It useth an enforcèd ceremony.
25 There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
 But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
 Make gallant show and promise of their mettle,
Low march within.
 But when they should endure the bloody spur,
 They fall their crests and, like deceitful jades,
30 Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?
LUCILIUS 
 They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered.
 The greater part, the horse in general,
 Are come with Cassius.

Enter Cassius and his powers.

BRUTUS  Hark, he is arrived.
35 March gently on to meet him.
CASSIUS Stand ho!
BRUTUS Stand ho! Speak the word along.
FIRST SOLDIER Stand!
SECOND SOLDIER Stand!
THIRD SOLDIER 40Stand!
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,
45 And when you do them—
BRUTUS  Cassius, be content.
 Speak your griefs softly. I do know you well.
 Before the eyes of both our armies here
 (Which should perceive nothing but love from us),

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50 Let us not wrangle. Bid them move away.
 Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs,
 And I will give you audience.
CASSIUS  Pindarus,
 Bid our commanders lead their charges off
55 A little from this ground.
BRUTUS 
 Lucius, do you the like, and let no man
 Come to our tent till we have done our conference.
 Let Lucilius and Titinius guard our door.
All but Brutus and Cassius exit.