Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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CASCA
Stand close awhile, for here comes one in haste.
CASCA
Hide for a minute—someone’s approaching fast.
CASSIUS
'Tis Cinna. I do know him by his gait.
He is a friend.—Cinna, where haste you so?
CASSIUS
It’s Cinna. I recognize his walk. He’s a friend. Cinna, where are you going in such a hurry?
CINNA
135To find out you. Who’s that? Metellus Cimber?
CINNA
To find you. Who’s that? Metellus Cimber?
CASSIUS
No, it is Casca, one incorporate
To our attempts. Am I not stayed for, Cinna?
CASSIUS
No, it’s Casca, someone who’s going to work with us. Aren’t the others waiting for me, Cinna?
CINNA
I am glad on ’t. What a fearful night is this!
There’s two or three of us have seen strange sights.
CINNA
I’m glad Casca is with us. What a fearful night this is! Two or three of us have seen strange things.
CASSIUS
140Am I not stayed for? Tell me.
CASSIUS
Are the others waiting? Tell me.
CINNA
Yes, you are.
O Cassius, if you could
But win the noble Brutus to our party—
CINNA
Yes, they are. Oh, Cassius, if you could only convince Brutus to join us—
CASSIUS
Be you content. Good Cinna, take this paper,
145And look you lay it in the praetor’s chair
Where Brutus may but find it. And throw this
In at his window. Set this up with wax
Upon old Brutus' statue. All this done,
Repair to Pompey’s porch, where you shall find us.
150Is Decius Brutus and Trebonius there?
CASSIUS
Don’t worry. Good Cinna, take this paper and be sure to lay it in the judge’s chair where Brutus sits, so he’ll find it. And throw this one in his window, and attach this one with wax to the statue of Brutus’s ancestor, old Brutus. When you’ve finished all this, return to the porch of Pompey’s theater, where you’ll find us. Are Decius Brutus and Trebonius there?
CINNA
All but Metellus Cimber, and he’s gone
To seek you at your house. Well, I will hie,
And so bestow these papers as you bade me.
CINNA
Everyone’s there except Metellus Cimber, and he’s gone to look for you at your house. Well, I’ll hurry and put these papers where you told me.
CASSIUS
That done, repair to Pompey’s theatre.
CASSIUS
When you’ve finished, go back to Pompey’s theater.
Exit CINNA
CINNA exits.

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