Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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FIRST PLEBEIAN

20As a friend or an enemy?

FIRST PLEBEIAN

As a friend or an enemy?

CINNA THE POET

As a friend.

CINNA THE POET

As a friend.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

That matter is answered directly.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

He answered that question straight.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

For your dwelling—briefly.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

As for where you live, tell us quickly—get to the point.

CINNA THE POET

Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.

CINNA THE POET

Getting right to the point, I live near the Capitol.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

25Your name, sir, truly.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Tell us your name, sir, truthfully.

CINNA THE POET

Truly, my name is Cinna.

CINNA THE POET

Truthfully, my name is Cinna.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Tear him to pieces. He’s a conspirator.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Tear him to pieces. He’s a conspirator.

CINNA THE POET

I am Cinna the poet. I am Cinna the poet.

CINNA THE POET

I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet!

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Tear him for his bad verses! Tear him for his bad verses!

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Tear him apart for his bad verses, tear him up!

CINNA THE POET

30I am not Cinna the conspirator.

CINNA THE POET

I’m not Cinna the conspirator.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

It is no matter. His name’s Cinna. Pluck but his name out of his heart and turn him going.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

It doesn’t matter. His name’s Cinna. Pull only his name out of his heart and let him go.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Tear him, tear him!

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Tear him apart, tear him up!
PLEBEIANS attack CINNA THE POET
The PLEBEIANS attack CINNA THE POET.

ALL

Come, brands, ho, firebrands. To Brutus', to Cassius', burn all. Some to Decius' house and some to Casca’s. Some to Ligarius'. Away, go!

ALL

Come, firebrands, over here! To Brutus’s, to Cassius’s, let’s burn them all. Some of you go to Decius’s house and some to Casca’s. Some to Ligarius’s. Go!
Exeunt PLEBEIANS dragging CINNA THE POET
The PLEBEIANS exit, dragging CINNA THE POET.