Stick to our plan.]
Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes;
For, look, he smiles, and Caesar doth not change. 30
CASSIUS: Trebonius knows his time; for, look you, Brutus,
He draws Mark Antony out of the way. [Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS. CAESAR and the Senators take their seats.
DECIUS: Where is Metellus Cimber?
Brutus believed the action was necessary to prevent Caesar from becoming dictator-for-life, meaning that all power would reside in Caesar and not in the delegates representing the people.
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If they don't, they could be seduced into taking part in an ignoble enterprise.]
Caesar doth bear me hard; but he loves Brutus:
If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius 280
He should not humour me.
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Doing so will make it seem as if the killing was necessary for the good of Rome, not hateful or heinous.]
Which so appearing to the common eyes,
We shall be call’d purgers, not murderers. 195
And, for Mark Antony, think not of him;
For he can do no more than Caesar’s arm
When Caesar’s head is off.
CASSIUS: Yet I fear him;
For in the engrafted love he bears to Caesar— 200
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I think it is not meet, 170
Mark Antony, so well belov’d of Caesar,
Should outlive Caesar: we shall find of him
A shrewd contriver; and, you know, his means,
If he improve them, may well stretch so far
As to annoy us all; which to prevent, 175
Let Antony and Caesar fall together.
BRUTUS: Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,
Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;
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confidence: You are allowing overconfidence to guide you instead of reason.]
Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear
That keeps you in the house, and not your own.
We’ll send Mark Antony to the senate-house, 60
And he shall say you are not well to-day:
Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.
CAESAR: Mark Antony shall say I am not well;
And, for thy humour , I will stay at home.
Enter DECIUS. 65
Here’s Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
DECIUS: Caesar, all hail!
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Caesar is afraid?’
Pardon me, Caesar; for my dear dear love
To your proceeding bids me tell you this,
And reason to my love is liable .
CAESAR: How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia! 115
I am ashamed I did yield to them.
Give me my robe, for I will go:
Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS, CASCA, TREBONIUS, and CINNA.
And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
PUBLIUS: Good morrow, Caesar. 120
CAESAR: Welcome, Publius.