Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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Drum. Enter BRUTUS with LUCIUS, LUCILLIUS, and the army. TITINIUS and PINDARUS meet them
A drum plays. BRUTUS, LUCILLIUS, LUCIUS, and SOLDIERS enter. TITINIUS and PINDARUS meet them.
Stand, ho!
Give the word, ho, and stand.
Pass on the command to halt!
What now, Lucillius? Is Cassius near?
What’s happening now, Lucillius? Is Cassius nearby?
He is at hand, and Pindarus is come
5To do you salutation from his master.
He’s nearby, and Pindarus has come to salute you on behalf of his master.
He greets me well.—Your master, Pindarus,
In his own change or by ill officers
Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
Things done, undone. But if he be at hand
10I shall be satisfied.
He sends his greetings through a good man. Your master, Pindarus, either because he’s changed his mind or been influenced by bad officers, has made me wish we hadn’t done some of the things we did. If he’s nearby, I want an explanation.
    I do not doubt
But that my noble master will appear
Such as he is, full of regard and honor.
I have no doubt that my noble master will prove himself to be what he is: honorable and noble.
He is not doubted.—A word, Lucillius.
(takes LUCILLIUS aside)
15How he received you, let me be resolved.
I don’t doubt him. Can I have a word with you, Lucillius? (takes LUCILLIUS aside) Tell me how Cassius treated you. Put my mind at rest.
With courtesy and with respect enough.
But not with such familiar instances
Nor with such free and friendly conference
As he hath used of old.
He received me with courtesy and sufficient respect, but not with affection, nor with as much open and friendly conversation as he once greeted me.
    Thou hast described
20A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Lucillius,
When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforcèd ceremony.
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.
But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
25Make gallant show and promise of their mettle.
You’ve described a warm friend who’s cooling off. Remember this, Lucillius. When a friend starts to get sick of you, he treats you artificially. Plain and simple loyalty doesn’t make anyone act phony. But insincere men, like horses who are too lively at the start of a race, make a big show of their spirit.