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Julius Caesar

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Enter OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, and their army
OCTAVIUS and ANTONY enter with their army.





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OCTAVIUS
Now, Antony, our hopes are answerèd.
You said the enemy would not come down
But keep the hills and upper regions.
It proves not so. Their battles are at hand.
They mean to warn us at Philippi here,
Answering before we do demand of them.
OCTAVIUS
Now, Antony, our prayers have been answered. You said the enemy wouldn’t come down but keep to the hills and upper regions. It seems not. Their forces are nearby. They intend to challenge us here at Philippi, responding to our challenge before we’ve even challenged him.




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ANTONY
Tut, I am in their bosoms, and I know
Wherefore they do it. They could be content
To visit other places, and come down
With fearful bravery, thinking by this face
To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage.
But ’tis not so.
ANTONY
I know how they think, and I understand why they’re doing this. They really wish they were somewhere else, but they want to descend on us, looking fierce so we’ll think they’re brave. But they aren’t.
Enter a MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.




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MESSENGER
   Prepare you, generals.
The enemy comes on in gallant show.
Their bloody sign of battle is hung out,
And something to be done immediately.
MESSENGER
Prepare yourselves, generals. The enemy approaches with great display. They show their bloody heralds of battle, and something must be done immediately.


ANTONY
Octavius, lead your battle softly on,
Upon the left hand of the even field.
ANTONY
Octavius, lead your forces slowly out to the left side of the level field.

OCTAVIUS
Upon the right hand I. Keep thou the left.
OCTAVIUS
I’ll go to the right side. You stay on the left.

ANTONY
Why do you cross me in this exigent?
ANTONY
Why are you defying me in this urgent matter?

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