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Julius Caesar

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Enter BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS
BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS enter.

BRUTUS
Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this rock.
BRUTUS
Come, last of my friends, rest on this rock.


CLITUS
Statilius showed the torchlight but, my lord,
He came not back. He is or ta'en or slain.
CLITUS
Statilius waved the torchlight at us, but he hasn’t come back. He’s been captured or killed.


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BRUTUS
Sit thee down, Clitus. Slaying is the word.
It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus.
(whispers to CLITUS)
BRUTUS
Sit down, Clitus. Killed, most likely—it’s become a trend. Listen, Clitus. (he whispers to CLITUS)

CLITUS
What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world.
CLITUS
Who, me, my lord? No, not for all the world.

BRUTUS
Peace then! No words.
BRUTUS
Silence, then! Don’t give it away.

CLITUS
    I’ll rather kill myself.
CLITUS
I’d rather kill myself.


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BRUTUS
Hark thee, Dardanius.
(whispers to DARDANIUS)
BRUTUS
Listen, Dardanius. (he whispers to DARDANIUS)

DARDANIUS
    Shall I do such a deed?
DARDANIUS
Would I dare do something like that?

CLITUS
O Dardanius!
CLITUS
Oh Dardanius!

DARDANIUS
O Clitus!
DARDANIUS
Oh Clitus!


CLITUS
(aside to DARDANIUS)
What ill request did Brutus make to thee?
CLITUS
(speaking so that only DARDANIUS can hear) What awful thing did Brutus ask of you?

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DARDANIUS
(aside to CLITUS)
To kill him, Clitus. Look, he meditates.
DARDANIUS
(speaking so that only CLITUS can hear) To kill him, Clitus. Look, he’s meditating on what to do.

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