Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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Manent BRUTUS and CASSIUS, now in the tent
BRUTUS and CASSIUS remain onstage. They are now in their tent.

CASSIUS

That you have wronged me doth appear in this:
You have condemned and noted Lucius Pella
For taking bribes here of the Sardians,
Wherein my letters, praying on his side
5Because I knew the man, were slighted off.

CASSIUS

My evidence that you have wronged me is that you condemned and disgraced Lucius Pella for taking bribes here from the Sardinians, and you ignored my letters, where I argued that he was innocent; I know the man.

BRUTUS

You wronged yourself to write in such a case.

BRUTUS

You wronged yourself to write on behalf of such a man.

CASSIUS

In such a time as this it is not meet
That every nice offense should bear his comment.

CASSIUS

In a time like this, it doesn’t make sense to criticize every offense.

BRUTUS

Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
10Are much condemned to have an itching palm,
To sell and mart your offices for gold
To undeservers.

BRUTUS

I’ll tell you, Cassius, you yourself have been called greedy and been accused of giving your positions to undeserving men in exchange for gold.

CASSIUS

   I “an itching palm”!
You know that you are Brutus that speak this,
Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.

CASSIUS

Me, “greedy”! You know, if you were anyone other than Brutus, that speech would be your last.

BRUTUS

15The name of Cassius honors this corruption,
And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.

BRUTUS

The name of Cassius gives credit to these corrupt actions, and so they go unpunished.

CASSIUS

Chastisement!

CASSIUS

Unpunished!

BRUTUS

Remember March, the ides of March remember.
Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?

BRUTUS

Remember March, March 15th. Didn’t great Caesar bleed for the sake of justice?