Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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BRUTUS

The games are done and Caesar is returning.

BRUTUS

The games are done and Caesar is returning.

CASSIUS

As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve,
180And he will, after his sour fashion, tell you
What hath proceeded worthy note today.

CASSIUS

As they pass by, grab Casca by the sleeve, and he’ll tell you if anything important happened today—in his usual sour way.

BRUTUS

I will do so. But, look you, Cassius,
The angry spot doth glow on Caesar’s brow,
And all the rest look like a chidden train.
185Calphurnia’s cheek is pale, and Cicero
Looks with such ferret and such fiery eyes
As we have seen him in the Capitol
Being crossed in conference by some senators.

BRUTUS

I’ll do so. But look, Cassius, Caesar looks angry and everyone else looks as if they’ve been scolded. Calphurnia’s face is pale, and Cicero’s eyes are as red and fiery as they get when senators are arguing with him at the Capitol.

CASSIUS

Casca will tell us what the matter is.

CASSIUS

Casca will tell us what’s the matter.
During the exchange between CAESAR and ANTONY, BRUTUS pulls CASCA by the sleeve
During the exchange between CAESAR and ANTONY, BRUTUS pulls CASCA by the sleeve.

CAESAR

190Antonio.

CAESAR

Antonio!

ANTONY

Caesar.

ANTONY

Caesar?

CAESAR

(aside to ANTONY) Let me have men about me that are fat,
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
195He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.

CAESAR

(speaking so that only ANTONY can hear) I want the men around me to be fat, healthy-looking men who sleep at night. That Cassius over there has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Men like him are dangerous.

ANTONY

(aside to CAESAR) Fear him not, Caesar. He’s not dangerous.
He is a noble Roman and well given.

ANTONY

(speaking so that only CAESAR can hear) Don’t be afraid of him, Caesar. He isn’t dangerous. He’s a noble Roman with a good disposition.