Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Read the will. We’ll hear it, Antony.
You shall read us the will, Caesar’s will.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Read the will. We want to hear it, Antony. You have to read us the will, Caesar’s will.

ANTONY

Will you be patient? Will you stay awhile?
I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it.
150I fear I wrong the honorable men
Whose daggers have stabbed Caesar. I do fear it.

ANTONY

Will you be patient? Will you wait awhile? I’ve said too much in telling you of it. I’m afraid that I wrong the honorable men whose daggers have stabbed Caesar.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

They were traitors! “Honorable men”!

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

They were traitors. “Honorable men!”

ALL

The will! The testament!

ALL

The will! The testament!

SECOND PLEBEIAN

They were villains, murderers. The will! Read the will!

SECOND PLEBEIAN

They were villains, murderers. The will! Read the will!

ANTONY

155You will compel me, then, to read the will?
Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar,
And let me show you him that made the will.
Shall I descend? And will you give me leave?

ANTONY

You force me to read the will, then? Then make a circle around Caesar’s corpse, and let me show you the man who made this will. Shall I come down? Will you let me?

ALL

Come down.

ALL

Come down.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

   Descend.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Descend.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

    You shall have leave.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

We’ll let you.
ANTONY descends from the pulpit
ANTONY descends from the pulpit.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

      A ring!
160Stand round.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Make a circle; stand around him.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

   Stand from the hearse. Stand from the body.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Stand away from the hearse. Stand away from the body.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Room for Antony, most noble Antony!

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Make room for Antony, most noble Antony!