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Julius Caesar

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Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS with the PLEBEIANS
BRUTUS and CASSIUS enter with a throng of

PLEBEIANS

Plebeians = the common people of Rome

PLEBEIANS
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PLEBEIANS
We will be satisfied! Let us be satisfied!
PLEBEIANS
We want answers. Give us answers.




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BRUTUS
Then follow me and give me audience, friends.
—Cassius, go you into the other street
And part the numbers.
—Those that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here.
Those that will follow Cassius, go with him,
And public reasons shall be renderèd
Of Caesar’s death.
BRUTUS
Then follow me and listen to my speech, friends. Cassius, go to the next street and divide the crowd. Let those who will hear me speak stay. Lead those away who will follow you, and we’ll explain publicly the reasons for Caesar’s death.

FIRST PLEBEIAN
    I will hear Brutus speak.
FIRST PLEBEIAN
I’ll listen to Brutus.


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ANOTHER PLEBEIAN
I will hear Cassius and compare their reasons
When severally we hear them renderèd.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
I’ll listen to Cassius, and we will compare their reasons.
Exit CASSIUS with some of the PLEBEIANS BRUTUS goes into the pulpit
CASSIUS exits with some of the PLEBEIANS. BRUTUS gets up on the platform.

THIRD PLEBEIAN
The noble Brutus is ascended. Silence!
THIRD PLEBEIAN
Quiet! Noble Brutus has mounted the platform.

BRUTUS
Be patient till the last. Romans, countrymen, and lovers! Hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear. Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor that you may believe. Censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.
BRUTUS
Be patient until I finish. Romans, countrymen, and friends! Listen to my reasons and be silent so you can hear. Believe me on my honor and keep my honor in mind, so you may believe me. Be wise when you criticize me and keep your minds alert so you can judge me fairly. If there’s anyone in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, I say to him that my love for Caesar was no less than his. If, then, that friend demands to know why I rose up against Caesar, this is my answer: it’s not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.

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