No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
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BRUTUS

255’Tis most like he will.

BRUTUS

Most likely, he will.

SICINIUS

It shall be to him then as our good wills,
A sure destruction.

SICINIUS

What will happen to him then will be as we wish: he’ll surely lose.

BRUTUS

So it must fall out
To him or our authorities. For an end,
260We must suggest the people in what hatred
He still hath held them; that to’s power he would
Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders and
Dispropertied their freedoms, holding them,
In human action and capacity,
265Of no more soul nor fitness for the world
Than camels in the war, who have their provand
Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
For sinking under them.

BRUTUS

He must lose, or else our power will be over. We must remind the people of how much he still hates them, that if he were in charge, he’d make them work like mules, he would never listen to their requests and he’d take away their freedoms. He wouldn’t recognize their humanity or their souls. He’d hold them captive like the camels who only get fed so that they can carry heavy loads in service of the war and develop sores in the process.

SICINIUS

This, as you say, suggested
270At some time when his soaring insolence
Shall touch the people—which time shall not want,
If he be put upon ’t; and that’s as easy
As to set dogs on sheep—will be his fire
To kindle their dry stubble; and their blaze
275Shall darken him for ever.

SICINIUS

We need to suggest this possibility to the people at a time when they’re already irritated by his arrogance. There will be many occasions for this. It’s as easy to get him to show off his pride as it is to get dogs to chase sheep. His pride will be like fire to their kindling wood, and their blaze will ruin him forever.
Enter a Messenger
A Messenger enters.

BRUTUS

What’s the matter?

BRUTUS

What’s going on?