Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

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BRUTUS

“All this”? Ay, more. Fret till your proud heart break.
45Go show your slaves how choleric you are
And make your bondmen tremble. Must I budge?
Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch
Under your testy humor? By the gods,
You shall digest the venom of your spleen,
50Though it do split you. For from this day forth,
I’ll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter,
When you are waspish.

BRUTUS

“All this”? Yes, and more. Go ahead—rage till your proud heart breaks. Show your slaves how mad you are, and make your servants tremble. But me—am I going to cower at you and your irritable moods? You’ll have to swallow your own poison till it makes you burst before I’m going to respond; from now on, I’ll make you the butt of my jokes whenever you get sharp with me.

CASSIUS

    Is it come to this?

CASSIUS

Has it come to this?

BRUTUS

You say you are a better soldier.
Let it appear so. Make your vaunting true,
55And it shall please me well. For mine own part,
I shall be glad to learn of noble men.

BRUTUS

You say you’re a better soldier. Show it! Make your boasts come true, and I’ll be thrilled. I’m always happy to hear about brave men.

CASSIUS

You wrong me every way. You wrong me, Brutus.
I said an elder soldier, not a better.
Did I say “better”?

CASSIUS

You wrong me in every way. You wrong me, Brutus. I said an older soldier, not a better one. Did I say “better”?

BRUTUS

60If you did, I care not.

BRUTUS

If you did, I don’t care.

CASSIUS

When Caesar lived, he durst not thus have moved me.

CASSIUS

When Caesar was alive, even he wouldn’t dare anger me like this.

BRUTUS

Peace, peace! You durst not so have tempted him.

BRUTUS

Oh, be quiet. You wouldn’t have dared to tempt him so.

CASSIUS

I durst not!

CASSIUS

I wouldn’t have dared!

BRUTUS

No.

BRUTUS

No.

CASSIUS

65What, durst not tempt him?

CASSIUS

What? Not dared to tempt him?