Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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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.