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Cæsar said to me, Dar'st thou, Cassius, now
Bru. Another general shout!
9 — feeble temper -] i. e. temperament, constitution.
Like a Colossus; and we petty men
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous ; What you would work me to, I have some aim ;* How I have thought of this, and of these times, I shall recount hereafter; for this present, I would not, so with love I might entreat you, Be any further mov'd. What you have said, I will consider; what you have to say, I will with patience hear: and find a time
* There was a Brutus once,] i. e. Lucius Junius Brutus,
aim;) i. e. guess.
Both meet to hear, and answer, such high things.
Cas. I am glad, that my weak words
Re-enter CÆSAR, and his Train. Bru. The games are done, and Cæsar is returning.
Cas. As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve;
Bru. I will do so :-But, look you, Cassius,
Cas. Casca will tell us what the matter is.
Cæs. Let me have men about me that are fat;
Ant. Fear him not, Cæsar, he's not dangerous; He is a noble Roman, and well given.
Cæs. 'Would he were fatter:-But I fear him not: Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much;
chew upon this;] Consider this at leisure; ruminate on this.
-ferret - ) A ferret has red eyes.
He is a great observer, and he looks
behind. Casca. You pulld me by the cloak; Would you speak with me
Bru. Ay, Casca; tell us what hath chanc'd to day, That Cæsar looks so sad ?
Casca. Why you were with him, were you not?
Casca. Why, there was a crown offered him : and being offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand, thus; and then the people fell a' shouting.
Bru. What was the second noise for ?
Casca. Ay, marry, was't, and he put it by thrice, every time gentler than other; and at every putting by, 'mine honest neighbours shouted.
Cas. Who offered him the crown?
Casca. I can as well be hanged, as tell the manner of it: it was mere foolery, I did not mark it. I saw Mark Antony offer him a crown ;-yet 'twas not a crown neither, 'twas one of these coronets ;-and, as I told you, he put it by once; but, for all that, to my thinking, he would fáin have had it. Then he offered it to him again; then he put it by again: but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then he offered it the third time; he put it the third time by: and still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted, and clapped their chopped hands, and threw up their sweaty night-caps, and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Cæsar refused the crown, that it had almost choked Cæsar; for he swooned, and fell down at it: And for mine own part, I durst not laugh, for fear of opening my lips, and receiving the bad air. Cas. But, soft, I pray you: What? Did Cæsar
swoon? Casca. He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless.
Bru. "Tis very like: he hath the falling sickness.
Cas. No, Cæsar hath it not; but you, and I, And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness.
Casca. I know not what you mean by that; but, I am sure, Cæsar fell down. If the tag-rag people did not clap him, and hiss him, according as he pleased, and displeased them, as they use to do the players in the theatre, I am no true man.
Bru. What said he, when he came unto himself?
Casca. Marry, before he fell down, when he perceiv'd the common herd' was glad he refused the crown, he plucked me ope his doublet, and offered them his throat to cut.-An I had been a man of any occupation, if I would not have taken him at a word, I would I mighit go to hell among the
no true man.] No honest man.
a man of any occupation.) Had I been a mechanick, one of the Plebians to whom he offered his throat,