Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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TITINIUS

    All disconsolate,
60With Pindarus his bondman on this hill.

TITINIUS

On this hill and in despair, with his slave Pindarus.

MESSALA

Is not that he that lies upon the ground?

MESSALA

Isn’t that him on the ground?

TITINIUS

He lies not like the living. O my heart!

TITINIUS

He doesn’t seem to be alive. Oh, my heart!

MESSALA

Is not that he?

MESSALA

Isn’t that him?

TITINIUS

   No, this was he, Messala,
But Cassius is no more. O setting sun,
65As in thy red rays thou dost sink tonight,
So in his red blood Cassius' day is set.
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.

TITINIUS

No, it was him, Messala, but Cassius is no more. Just as the sun’s rays turn red when it sets, so Cassius has ended his life in a pool of red blood. The sun of Rome has set! Our day is over. Clouds, dew, and dangers approach. We’re finished! He didn’t believe I would ever return on my mission, and so he killed himself.

MESSALA

70Mistrust of good success hath done this deed.
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 comest unto a happy birth
75But kill’st the mother that engendered thee!

MESSALA

Yes, he killed himself because he thought we’d lost the whole battle. Sadness, which misconstrues reality, gave birth to his errors in thinking—and then destroyed him.

TITINIUS

What, Pindarus! Where art thou, Pindarus?

TITINIUS

Pindarus! Where are you, Pindarus?

MESSALA

Seek him, Titinius, whilst I go to meet
The noble Brutus, thrusting this report
Into his ears. I may say “thrusting” it,
80For piercing steel and darts envenomèd
Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus
As tidings of this sight.

MESSALA

Look for him, Titinius, while I go to meet the noble Brutus and force him to hear this news. I say “force” because Brutus would rather I stuck sharp blades and poisoned arrows in his ears than fill them with this.