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Julius Caesar
Act 5, scene 3

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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 3
Alarums. Enter Cassius carrying a standard and
Titinius.


CASSIUS 
 O, look, Titinius, look, the villains fly!
 Myself have to mine own turned enemy.
 This ensign here of mine was turning back;
 I slew the coward and did take it from him.

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TITINIUS 
5 O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early,
 Who, having some advantage on Octavius,
 Took it too eagerly. His soldiers fell to spoil,
 Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed.

Enter Pindarus.

PINDARUS 
 Fly further off, my lord, fly further off!
10 Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord.
 Fly therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off.
CASSIUS 
 This hill is far enough.—Look, look, Titinius,
 Are those my tents where I perceive the fire?
TITINIUS 
 They are, my lord.
CASSIUS 15 Titinius, if thou lovest me,
 Mount thou my horse and hide thy spurs in him
 Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops
 And here again, that I may rest assured
 Whether yond troops are friend or enemy.
TITINIUS 
20 I will be here again even with a thought.He exits.
CASSIUS 
 Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill.
 My sight was ever thick. Regard Titinius
 And tell me what thou not’st about the field.
Pindarus goes up.
 This day I breathèd first. Time is come round,
25 And where I did begin, there shall I end;
 My life is run his compass.—Sirrah, what news?
PINDARUS, above. O my lord!
CASSIUS What news?
PINDARUS 
 Titinius is enclosèd round about

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30 With horsemen that make to him on the spur,
 Yet he spurs on. Now they are almost on him.
 Now Titinius! Now some light. O, he lights too.
 He’s ta’en.Shout.
 And hark, they shout for joy.
CASSIUS 35Come down, behold no more.—
 O, coward that I am to live so long
 To see my best friend ta’en before my face!
Pindarus comes down.
 Come hither, sirrah.
 In Parthia did I take thee prisoner,
40 And then I swore thee, saving of thy life,
 That whatsoever I did bid thee do
 Thou shouldst attempt it. Come now, keep thine
 oath.
 Now be a freeman, and with this good sword,
45 That ran through Caesar’s bowels, search this
 bosom.
 Stand not to answer. Here, take thou the hilts,
 And, when my face is covered, as ’tis now,
 Guide thou the sword.Pindarus stabs him.
50 Caesar, thou art revenged
 Even with the sword that killed thee.He dies.
PINDARUS 
 So I am free, yet would not so have been,
 Durst I have done my will.—O Cassius!—
 Far from this country Pindarus shall run,
55 Where never Roman shall take note of him.
He exits.

Enter Titinius and Messala.

MESSALA 
 It is but change, Titinius, for Octavius
 Is overthrown by noble Brutus’ power,
 As Cassius’ legions are by Antony.

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TITINIUS 
 These tidings will well comfort Cassius.
MESSALA 
60 Where did you leave him?
TITINIUS  All disconsolate,
 With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
MESSALA 
 Is not that he that lies upon the ground?
TITINIUS 
 He lies not like the living. O my heart!
MESSALA 
65 Is not that he?
TITINIUS  No, this was he, Messala,
 But Cassius is no more. O setting sun,
 As in thy red rays thou dost sink to night,
 So in his red blood Cassius’ day is set.
70 The sun of Rome is set. Our day is gone;
 Clouds, dews, and dangers come. Our deeds are
 done.
 Mistrust of my success hath done this deed.
MESSALA 
 Mistrust of good success hath done this deed.
75 O hateful error, melancholy’s child,
 Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
 The things that are not? O error, soon conceived,
 Thou never com’st unto a happy birth
 But kill’st the mother that engendered thee!
TITINIUS 
80 What, Pindarus! Where art thou, Pindarus?
MESSALA 
 Seek him, Titinius, whilst I go to meet
 The noble Brutus, thrusting this report
 Into his ears. I may say “thrusting it,”
 For piercing steel and darts envenomèd
85 Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus
 As tidings of this sight.

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TITINIUS  Hie you, Messala,
 And I will seek for Pindarus the while.
Messala exits.
 Why didst thou send me forth, brave Cassius?
90 Did I not meet thy friends, and did not they
 Put on my brows this wreath of victory
 And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their
 shouts?
 Alas, thou hast misconstrued everything.
95 But hold thee, take this garland on thy brow.
Laying the garland on Cassius’ brow.
 Thy Brutus bid me give it thee, and I
 Will do his bidding.—Brutus, come apace,
 And see how I regarded Caius Cassius.—
 By your leave, gods, this is a Roman’s part.
100 Come, Cassius’ sword, and find Titinius’ heart!
He dies on Cassius’ sword.

Alarum. Enter Brutus, Messala, young Cato, Strato,
Volumnius, and Lucilius, Labeo, and Flavius.


BRUTUS 
 Where, where, Messala, doth his body lie?
MESSALA 
 Lo, yonder, and Titinius mourning it.
BRUTUS 
 Titinius’ face is upward.
CATO  He is slain.
BRUTUS 
105 O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet;
 Thy spirit walks abroad and turns our swords
 In our own proper entrails.Low alarums.
CATO  Brave Titinius!—
 Look whe’er he have not crowned dead Cassius.
BRUTUS 
110 Are yet two Romans living such as these?—
 The last of all the Romans, fare thee well.

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 It is impossible that ever Rome
 Should breed thy fellow.—Friends, I owe more
 tears
115 To this dead man than you shall see me pay.—
 I shall find time, Cassius; I shall find time.—
 Come, therefore, and to Thasos send his body.
 His funerals shall not be in our camp,
 Lest it discomfort us.—Lucilius, come.—
120 And come, young Cato. Let us to the field.—
 Labeo and Flavius, set our battles on.
 ’Tis three o’clock, and, Romans, yet ere night
 We shall try fortune in a second fight.
They exit.