Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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CASSIUS

But soft, I pray you. What, did Caesar swoon?

CASSIUS

But wait a minute, please. Did you say Caesar fainted?

CASCA

250He fell down in the marketplace, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless.

CASCA

He fell down in the marketplace and foamed at the mouth and was speechless.

BRUTUS

'Tis very like. He hath the falling sickness.

BRUTUS

That’s very likely. He has epilepsy, a disease where you fall down.

CASSIUS

No, Caesar hath it not. But you and I
And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness.

CASSIUS

No, Caesar doesn’t have epilepsy. You and I, and honest Casca, we have epilepsy—we’ve fallen.

CASCA

255I know not what you mean by that, but I am sure Caesar fell down. If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him according as he pleased and displeased them, as they use to do the players in the theatre, I am no true man.

CASCA

I don’t know what you mean by that, but I’m sure Caesar fell down. The rabble applauded and hissed him according to whether he pleased them or displeased them, just like they do to actors in the theater. If they didn’t, I’m a liar.

BRUTUS

What said he when he came unto himself?

BRUTUS

What did he say when he regained consciousness?

CASCA

260Marry, before he fell down, when he perceived the common herd was glad he refused the crown, he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut. An I had been a man of any occupation, if I would not have taken him at a word, I would I might go to hell among the rogues. And so he fell. When he came to himself again, he said, if he had done or said anything amiss, he desired their worships to think it was his infirmity. Three or four wenches where I stood cried, “Alas, good soul!” and forgave him with all their hearts. But there’s no heed to be taken of them. If Caesar had stabbed their mothers they would have done no less.

CASCA

Indeed, before he fell down, when he realized the commoners were glad he refused the crown, he pulled open his robe and offered them his throat to cut. If I’d been a common laborer and hadn’t taken him up on his offer, to hell with me. And so he fainted. When he regained consciousness again, he said that if he’d done or said anything wrong, he wanted them to know that it was all because of his sickness. Three or four women near me cried, “Alas, good soul!” and forgave him with all their hearts. But never mind them—if Caesar had stabbed their mothers, they would’ve forgiven him.

BRUTUS

And after that he came thus sad away?

BRUTUS

And after that he came back here looking so serious?

CASCA

Ay.

CASCA

Yes.