Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS
BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS enter.

BRUTUS

Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this rock.

BRUTUS

Come, last of my friends, rest on this rock.

CLITUS

Statilius showed the torchlight but, my lord,
He came not back. He is or ta'en or slain.

CLITUS

Statilius waved the torchlight at us, but he hasn’t come back. He’s been captured or killed.

BRUTUS

Sit thee down, Clitus. Slaying is the word.
5It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus.
(whispers to CLITUS)

BRUTUS

Sit down, Clitus. Killed, most likely—it’s become a trend. Listen, Clitus. (he whispers to CLITUS)

CLITUS

What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world.

CLITUS

Who, me, my lord? No, not for all the world.

BRUTUS

Peace then! No words.

BRUTUS

Silence, then! Don’t give it away.

CLITUS

    I’ll rather kill myself.

CLITUS

I’d rather kill myself.

BRUTUS

Hark thee, Dardanius.
10 (whispers to DARDANIUS)

BRUTUS

Listen, Dardanius. (he whispers to DARDANIUS)

DARDANIUS

    Shall I do such a deed?

DARDANIUS

Would I dare do something like that?

CLITUS

O Dardanius!

CLITUS

Oh Dardanius!

DARDANIUS

O Clitus!

DARDANIUS

Oh Clitus!

CLITUS

(aside to DARDANIUS)
What ill request did Brutus make to thee?

CLITUS

(speaking so that only DARDANIUS can hear) What awful thing did Brutus ask of you?

DARDANIUS

15 (aside to CLITUS)
To kill him, Clitus. Look, he meditates.

DARDANIUS

(speaking so that only CLITUS can hear) To kill him, Clitus. Look, he’s meditating on what to do.