Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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65Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma or a hideous dream.
The genius and the mortal instruments
Are then in council, and the state of man,
70Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection.
From the time when you decide to do something terrible to the moment you do it, everything feels unreal, like a horrible dream. The unconscious and the body work together and rebel against the conscious mind.
Enter LUCIUS
LUCIUS enters.

LUCIUS

Sir, ’tis your brother Cassius at the door,
Who doth desire to see you.

LUCIUS

Sir, it’s your brother-in-law Cassius at the door. He wants to see you.

BRUTUS

    Is he alone?

BRUTUS

Is he alone?

LUCIUS

No, sir, there are more with him.

LUCIUS

No, sir. There are others with him.

BRUTUS

     Do you know them?

BRUTUS

Do you know them?

LUCIUS

75No, sir. Their hats are plucked about their ears,
And half their faces buried in their cloaks,
That by no means I may discover them
By any mark of favor.

LUCIUS

No, sir, their hats are pulled down over their ears and their faces are half buried under their cloaks, so there’s no way to tell who they are.

BRUTUS

    Let 'em enter.

BRUTUS

Let them in.
Exit LUCIUS
LUCIUS exits.
They are the faction. O conspiracy,
80Shamest thou to show thy dangerous brow by night
When evils are most free? O, then by day
Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, conspiracy.
Hide it in smiles and affability.
It’s the faction that wants to kill Caesar. Oh, conspiracy, are you ashamed to show your face even at night, when evil things are most free? If so, when it’s day, where are you going to find a cave dark enough to hide your monstrous face? No, don’t bother to find a cave, conspiracy. Instead, hide your true face behind smiles and friendliness.