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Julius Caesar

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BRUTUS
What was the second noise for?
BRUTUS
What was the second noise for?

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CASCA
Why, for that too.
CASCA
The same thing.

CASSIUS
They shouted thrice. What was the last cry for?
CASSIUS
They shouted three times. What was the last cry for?

CASCA
Why, for that too.
CASCA
For the same thing.

BRUTUS
Was the crown offered him thrice?
BRUTUS
The crown was offered to him three times?

CASCA
Ay, marry, was ’t, and he put it by thrice, every time gentler than other, and at every putting-by mine honest neighbors shouted.
CASCA
Yes, indeed, it was, and he pushed it away three times, each time more gently than the last; and at each refusal my countrymen shouted.

CASSIUS
Who offered him the crown?
CASSIUS
Who offered him the crown?

CASCA
     Why, Antony.
CASCA
Antony.

BRUTUS
Tell us the manner of it, gentle Casca.
BRUTUS
Tell us how it happened, noble Casca.

CASCA
I can as well be hanged as tell the manner of it. It was mere foolery. I did not mark it. I saw Mark Antony offer him a crown (yet ’twas not a crown neither, ’twas one of these coronets) and, as I told you, he put it by once—but, for all that, to my thinking, he would fain have had it. Then he offered it to him again, then he put it by again—but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then he offered it the third time. He put it the third time by. And still, as he refused it, the rabblement hooted and clapped their chapped hands and threw up their sweaty night-caps and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused the crown that it had almost choked Caesar—for he swooned and fell down at it. And for mine own part, I durst not laugh for fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air.
CASCA
I can’t explain it. It was all silly and so I paid no attention. I saw Mark Antony offer him a crown—though it wasn’t a real crown, just a small circlet—and, as I told you, he refused it once—though in my opinion he would’ve liked to have it. Then Antony offered it to him again, and he refused it again (though, in my opinion, he was reluctant to take his hand off it). Then Antony offered it the third time. He refused it the third time, and as he refused it the commoners hooted and clapped their chapped hands, and threw up their sweaty hats, and let loose such a great deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused the crown that it nearly choked Caesar, because he fainted and fell down. As for myself, I didn’t dare laugh, for fear of opening my lips and inhaling the stinking air.

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