No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
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BRUTUS

230Then our office may,
During his power, go sleep.

BRUTUS

We’d lose power if he were admitted to the consul.

SICINIUS

He cannot temperately transport his honours
From where he should begin and end, but will
Lose those he hath won.

SICINIUS

He won’t be able to translate his fame in battle into some other kind of victory. If he tries, he’ll lose the honor he has won.

BRUTUS

235In that there’s comfort.

BRUTUS

That’s comforting.

SICINIUS

Doubt not
The commoners, for whom we stand, but they
Upon their ancient malice will forget
With the least cause these his new honours, which
240That he will give them make I as little question
As he is proud to do’t.

SICINIUS

Don’t doubt the common people we represent. Their longstanding hatred for him will cause them to overlook his new honors with only the slightest provocation. And given his pride, he’ll undoubtedly provoke them.

BRUTUS

I heard him swear,
Were he to stand for consul, never would he
Appear i’ the market-place nor on him put
245The napless vesture of humility;
Nor showing, as the manner is, his wounds
To the people, beg their stinking breaths.

BRUTUS

I heard him declare that if he were to seek nomination to the consul, he would never appear in the marketplace wearing the traditional poor man’s gown to show his humility. Nor would he show off his wounds to the people to win their approval.

SICINIUS

’Tis right.

SICINIUS

Is that so?

BRUTUS

It was his word: O, he would miss it rather
250Than carry it but by the suit of the gentry to him,
And the desire of the nobles.

BRUTUS

He said he’d rather not be in the consul if he couldn’t be admitted simply by the wishes of the middle class and the nobles.

SICINIUS

I wish no better
Than have him hold that purpose and to put it
In execution.

SICINIUS

I hope he stays with that plan.