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Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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CASSIUS
Did Cicero say anything?
CASSIUS
Did Cicero say anything?
CASCA
275Ay, he spoke Greek.
CASCA
Yes, he said something in Greek.
CASSIUS
To what effect?
CASSIUS
What did he say?
CASCA
Nay, an I tell you that, I’ll ne'er look you i' th' face again. But those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads. But, for mine own part, it was Greek to me. I could tell you more news too. Murellus and Flavius, for pulling scarfs off Caesar’s images, are put to silence. Fare you well. There was more foolery yet, if I could remember it.
CASCA
If I told you I understood Greek, I’d be lying. But those who understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads. As for myself, it was Greek to me. I have more news too. Murellus and Flavius have been punished for pulling scarves off statues of Caesar. There you go. There was even more foolishness, if I could only remember it.
CASSIUS
Will you sup with me tonight, Casca?
CASSIUS
Will you have dinner with me tonight, Casca?
CASCA
285No, I am promised forth.
CASCA
No, I have a commitment.
CASSIUS
Will you dine with me tomorrow?
CASSIUS
Will you dine with me tomorrow?
CASCA
Ay, if I be alive and your mind hold and your dinner worth the eating.
CASCA
Yes, if I’m still alive, and you’re still sane, and your dinner is worth eating.
CASSIUS
Good. I will expect you.
CASSIUS
Good. I’ll expect you.
CASCA
290Do so. Farewell both.
CASCA
Do so. Farewell to you both.
Exit CASCA
CASCA exits.
BRUTUS
What a blunt fellow is this grown to be!
He was quick mettle when he went to school.
BRUTUS
What a stupid man he’s become! He was so sharp when he was in school.