Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 2

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CAESAR’s party moves aside to the senate house
CAESAR goes up to the senate house, the rest following.

POPILLIUS

(to CASSIUS) I wish your enterprise today may thrive.

POPILLIUS

(to CASSIUS) I hope your endeavor goes well today.

CASSIUS

What enterprise, Popillius?

CASSIUS

What endeavor, Popillius?

POPILLIUS

    Fare you well.

POPILLIUS

Good luck.
(approaches CAESAR)
POPILLIUS approaches CAESAR.

BRUTUS

(to CASSIUS) What said Popillius Lena?

BRUTUS

(to CASSIUS) What did Popillius Lena say?

CASSIUS

(aside to BRUTUS)
20He wished today our enterprise might thrive.
I fear our purpose is discoverèd.

CASSIUS

(speaking so that only BRUTUS can hear) He wished that our endeavor would go well today. I’m afraid we’ve been found out.

BRUTUS

Look how he makes to Caesar. Mark him.

BRUTUS

Look, he’s approaching Caesar. Keep an eye on him.

CASSIUS

Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention
—Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known,
25Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back,
For I will slay myself.

CASSIUS

Casca, be quick, because we’re worried we might be stopped. Brutus, what will we do? If our secret’s known, either Caesar or I will die, for I’ll kill myself.

BRUTUS

    Cassius, be constant.
Popillius Lena speaks not of our purposes.
For, look, he smiles, and Caesar doth not change.

BRUTUS

Cassius, stand firm. Popillius Lena wasn’t talking about our plot—for, look, he’s smiling, and Caesar’s expression is the same.

CASSIUS

Trebonius knows his time. For, look you, Brutus.
30He draws Mark Antony out of the way.

CASSIUS

Trebonius knows his cue. See, Brutus, he’s pulling Mark Antony aside.
Exeunt TREBONIUS and ANTONY
TREBONIUS and ANTONY exit.

DECIUS

Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go
And presently prefer his suit to Caesar.

DECIUS

Where’s Metellus Cimber? He should go up and offer his petition to Caesar now.