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Julius Caesar

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Enter FLAVIUS, MURELLUS, a CARPENTER, a COBBLER, and certain other COMMONERS over the stage
FLAVIUS and MURELLUS enter and speak to a CARPENTER, a COBBLER, and some other commoners.





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FLAVIUS
Hence! Home, you idle creatures get you home!
Is this a holiday? What, know you not,
Being mechanical, you ought not walk
Upon a laboring day without the sign
Of your profession?—Speak, what trade art thou?
FLAVIUS
Get out of here! Go home, you lazy men. What, is today a holiday? Don’t you know that working men aren’t supposed to walk around on a workday without wearing their work clothes? You there, speak up. What’s your occupation?

CARPENTER
Why, sir, a carpenter.
CARPENTER
I’m a carpenter, sir.



MURELLUS
Where is thy leather apron and thy rule?
What dost thou with thy best apparel on?
—You, sir, what trade are you?
MURELLUS
Where are your leather apron and your ruler? What are you doing, wearing your best clothes? And you, sir, what’s your trade?

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COBBLER
Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobbler.
COBBLER
Well, compared to a fine workman, you might call me a mere cobbler.

MURELLUS
But what trade art thou? Answer me directly.
MURELLUS
But what’s your trade? Answer me straightforwardly.

COBBLER
A trade, sir, that I hope I may use with a safe conscience, which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles.
COBBLER
It is a trade, sir, that I practice with a clear conscience. I am a mender of worn soles.

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MURELLUS
What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what trade?
MURELLUS
What trade, boy? You insolent rascal, what trade?

COBBLER
Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me. Yet, if you be out, sir, I can mend you.
COBBLER
Sir, please, don’t be angry. But if your soles are worn out, I can mend you.

MURELLUS
What mean’st thou by that? “Mend” me, thou saucy fellow?
MURELLUS
What do you mean by that? “Mend” me, you impertinent fellow?!

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