Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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PORTIA

Come hither, fellow. Which way hast thou been?

PORTIA

Come here, you. Where are you coming from?

SOOTHSAYER

At mine own house, good lady.

SOOTHSAYER

My own house, good lady.

PORTIA

What is ’t o'clock?

PORTIA

What time is it?

SOOTHSAYER

25About the ninth hour, lady.

SOOTHSAYER

Around nine o'clock, madam.

PORTIA

Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?

PORTIA

Has Caesar gone to the Capital yet?

SOOTHSAYER

Madam, not yet. I go to take my stand
To see him pass on to the Capitol.

SOOTHSAYER

Madam, not yet. I’m going to stand so I can see him pass on the way to the Capitol.

PORTIA

Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou not?

PORTIA

You have some plea for Caesar, don’t you?

SOOTHSAYER

30That I have, lady. If it will please Caesar
To be so good to Caesar as to hear me,
I shall beseech him to befriend himself.

SOOTHSAYER

Yes, I do, lady. If it pleases Caesar to be so good to himself as to hear me, I’ll try to get him to do what’s good for him.

PORTIA

Why, know’st thou any harm’s intended towards him?

PORTIA

Why, do you know of any harm intended toward him?

SOOTHSAYER

None that I know will be; much that I fear may chance.
35Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow.
The throng that follows Caesar at the heels,
Of senators, of praetors, common suitors,
Will crowd a feeble man almost to death.
I’ll get me to a place more void, and there
40Speak to great Caesar as he comes along.

SOOTHSAYER

Nothing that I know for sure, but a lot that I’m afraid might happen. Good morning to you. The street is narrow here. The crowd that follows Caesar at his heels—senators, justices, common petitioners—will suffocate a feeble man almost to death. I’ll move to a more open place and there speak to great Caesar as he walks past.
Exit SOOTHSAYER
He exits.