Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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BRUTUS

For your life you durst not.

BRUTUS

You wouldn’t have dared, out of fear for your life.

CASSIUS

Do not presume too much upon my love.
I may do that I shall be sorry for.

CASSIUS

Don’t take my love for granted. I might do something I’ll be sorry for.

BRUTUS

You have done that you should be sorry for.
70There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,
For I am armed so strong in honesty
That they pass by me as the idle wind,
Which I respect not. I did send to you
For certain sums of gold, which you denied me,
75For I can raise no money by vile means.
By heaven, I had rather coin my heart
And drop my blood for drachmas than to wring
From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash
By any indirection. I did send
80To you for gold to pay my legions,
Which you denied me. Was that done like Cassius?
Should I have answered Caius Cassius so?
When Marcus Brutus grows so covetous
To lock such rascal counters from his friends,
85Be ready, gods, with all your thunderbolts.
Dash him to pieces!

BRUTUS

You’ve already done something you should be sorry for. Your threats don’t scare me, Cassius, because I’m so secure in my honesty and integrity that they pass me by like a weak breeze. I asked you for a certain amount of gold, which you wouldn’t give me. I myself can’t raise money by unethical means. I’d rather turn my heart into money and my drops of blood into coins than use crooked tactics to wring petty cash from the hardworking hands of peasants. I asked you for gold to pay my soldiers, and you wouldn’t give it to me. Was that the Caius Cassius that I knew? And would I have ever done that to you? If I ever get so greedy that I hoard such petty cash from my friends, may the gods dash me to pieces with their thunderbolts!

CASSIUS

    I denied you not.

CASSIUS

I didn’t refuse you.

BRUTUS

You did.

BRUTUS

You did.

CASSIUS

  I did not. He was but a fool that brought
My answer back. Brutus hath rived my heart.
A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities,
90But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.

CASSIUS

I didn’t. The man who brought my answer to you was a fool. You have broken my heart. A friend should put up with his friend’s weaknesses, but you exaggerate mine.

BRUTUS

I do not, till you practice them on me.

BRUTUS

I don’t until you practice them on me.