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Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 4

Julius Caesar
Act 2, Scene 4

Rome. A street before the house of Brutus.

  1. Enter Portia and Lucius.

Portia

2 - 4
  1. I prithee, boy, run to the Senate-house;
  2. Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone.
  3. Why dost thou stay?

Lucius

5
  1.                     To know my errand, madam.

Portia

6 - 12
  1. I would have had thee there and here again
  2. Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there.—
  3. O constancy, be strong upon my side,
  4. Set a huge mountain ’tween my heart and tongue!
  5. I have a man’s mind, but a woman’s might.
  6. How hard it is for women to keep counsel!—
  7. Art thou here yet?

Lucius

13 - 15
  1.                    Madam, what should I do?
  2. Run to the Capitol, and nothing else?
  3. And so return to you, and nothing else?

Portia

16 - 19
  1. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
  2. For he went sickly forth; and take good note
  3. What Caesar doth, what suitors press to him.
  4. Hark, boy, what noise is that?

Lucius

20
  1. I hear none, madam.

Portia

21 - 23
  1.                     Prithee listen well;
  2. I heard a bustling rumor, like a fray,
  3. And the wind brings it from the Capitol.

Lucius

24
  1. Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.
  1. Enter the Soothsayer.

Portia

26
  1. Come hither, fellow; which way hast thou been?

Soothsayer

27
  1. At mine own house, good lady.

Portia

28
  1. What is’t a’ clock?

Soothsayer

29
  1.                     About the ninth hour, lady.

Portia

30
  1. Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?

Soothsayer

31 - 32
  1. Madam, not yet; I go to take my stand,
  2. To see him pass on to the Capitol.

Portia

33
  1. Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou not?

Soothsayer

34 - 36
  1. That I have, lady, if it will please Caesar
  2. To be so good to Caesar as to hear me:
  3. I shall beseech him to befriend himself.

Portia

37
  1. Why, know’st thou any harm’s intended towards him?

Soothsayer

38 - 44
  1. None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance.
  2. Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow;
  3. The throng that follows Caesar at the heels,
  4. Of senators, of praetors, common suitors,
  5. Will crowd a feeble man almost to death.
  6. I’ll get me to a place more void, and there
  7. Speak to great Caesar as he comes along.
  1. Exit.

Portia

46 - 53
  1. I must go in. Ay me! How weak a thing
  2. The heart of woman is! O Brutus,
  3. The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!
  4. Sure the boy heard me.—Brutus hath a suit
  5. That Caesar will not grant.—O, I grow faint.—
  6. Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord,
  7. Say I am merry. Come to me again,
  8. And bring me word what he doth say to thee.
  1. Exeunt severally.
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