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Julius Caesar

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Enter CINNA THE POET, and after him the PLEBEIANS
CINNA THE POET enters, followed by PLEBEIANS.




CINNA THE POET
I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar,
And things unlucky charge my fantasy.
I have no will to wander forth of doors,
Yet something leads me forth.
CINNA THE POET
I dreamed last night that I feasted with Caesar, and unlucky signs overwhelmed my imagination. I have no desire to go outside, yet something leads me there.

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FIRST PLEBEIAN
What is your name?
FIRST PLEBEIAN
What’s your name?

SECOND PLEBEIAN
Whither are you going?
SECOND PLEBEIAN
Where are you going?

THIRD PLEBEIAN
Where do you dwell?
THIRD PLEBEIAN
Where do you live?

FOURTH PLEBEIAN
Are you a married man or a bachelor?
FOURTH PLEBEIAN
Are you a married man or a bachelor?

SECOND PLEBEIAN
Answer every man directly.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
Answer all of us, now.

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FIRST PLEBEIAN
Ay, and briefly.
FIRST PLEBEIAN
Yes, and be brief.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN
Ay, and wisely.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN
Yes, and be wise.

THIRD PLEBEIAN
Ay, and truly, you were best.
THIRD PLEBEIAN
Yes, and be truthful, if you know what’s good for you.

CINNA THE POET
What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then, to answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly—wisely I say, I am a bachelor.
CINNA THE POET
What’s my name? Where am I going? Where do I live? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then, to answer every man briefly, wisely, and truthfully—wisely I say, I am a bachelor.

SECOND PLEBEIAN
That’s as much as to say they are fools that marry. You’ll bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed, directly.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
You imply that married men are fools. You’ll get a blow from me for that, I think. Go on with what you were saying—right this instant.

CINNA THE POET
Directly, I am going to Caesar’s funeral.
CINNA THE POET
Right this instant, I’m going to Caesar’s funeral.

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