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Julius Caesar: Act III, Scene 3

Julius Caesar
Act III, Scene 3

Rome. A street.

  1. Enter Cinna the poet, and after him the Plebeians.

Cinna, a Poet

1 - 4
  1. I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar,
  2. And things unluckily charge my fantasy.
  3. I have no will to wander forth of doors,
  4. Yet something leads me forth.

First Plebeian

5
  1. What is your name?

Second Plebeian

6
  1. Whither are you going?

Third Plebeian

7
  1. Where do you dwell?

Fourth Plebeian

8
  1. Are you a married man or a bachelor?

Second Plebeian

9
  1. Answer every man directly.

First Plebeian

10
  1. Ay, and briefly.

Fourth Plebeian

11
  1. Ay, and wisely.

Third Plebeian

12
  1. Ay, and truly, you were best.

Cinna, a Poet

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  1. What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I
  2. a married man or a bachelor? Then to answer every man
  3. directly and briefly, wisely and truly: wisely, I say, I am
  4. a bachelor.

Second Plebeian

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  1. That’s as much as to say, they are fools that marry. You’ll
  2. bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed directly.

Cinna, a Poet

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  1. Directly, I am going to Caesar’s funeral.

First Plebeian

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  1. As a friend or an enemy?

Cinna, a Poet

21
  1. As a friend.

Second Plebeian

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  1. That matter is answer’d directly.

Fourth Plebeian

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  1. For your dwellingbriefly.

Cinna, a Poet

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  1. Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.

Third Plebeian

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  1. Your name, sir, truly.

Cinna, a Poet

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  1. Truly, my name is Cinna.

First Plebeian

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  1. Tear him to pieces, he’s a conspirator.

Cinna, a Poet

28
  1. I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.

Fourth Plebeian

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  1. Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses.

Cinna, a Poet

30
  1. I am not Cinna the conspirator.

Fourth Plebeian

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  1. It is no matter, his name’s Cinna. Pluck but his name out of
  2. his heart, and turn him going.

Third Plebeian

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  1. Tear him, tear him! Come, brands ho, fire-brands! To
  2. Brutus’, to Cassius’; burn all! Some to Decius’ house, and
  3. some to Casca’s; some to Ligarius’. Away, go!
  1. Exeunt all the Plebeians dragging off Cinna.
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