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Julius Caesar

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Flourish Enter CAESAR, ANTONY, dressed for the course, CALPHURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS, CICERO, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, and a SOOTHSAYER in a throng of plebians. After them, MURELLUS and FLAVIUS
A trumpet sounds. CAESAR enters, followed by ANTONY, dressed formally for a foot race, then CALPHURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS, CICERO, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, and CASCA. A great crowd follows, among them a

SOOTHSAYER

A soothsayer is a fortune-teller.

SOOTHSAYER
.

CAESAR
Calphurnia!
CAESAR
Calphurnia!

CASCA
Peace, ho! Caesar speaks.
CASCA
Quiet! Caesar’s talking.

CAESAR
Calphurnia!
CAESAR
Calphurnia!

CALPHURNIA
Here, my lord.
CALPHURNIA
I’m here, my lord.

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CAESAR
Stand you directly in Antonius' way
When he doth run his course.—Antonius!
CAESAR
Stand right in Antonius’s path when he runs the race. Antonius!

ANTONY
Caesar, my lord.
ANTONY
Yes, Caesar?



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CAESAR
Forget not in your speed, Antonius,
To touch Calphurnia, for our elders say
The barren, touchèd in this holy chase,
Shake off their sterile curse.
CAESAR
Antonius, after you take off, don’t forget to touch Calphurnia, because our wise elders say that if you touch an infertile woman during this holy race, she’ll be freed from the curse of sterility.


ANTONY
    I shall remember.
When Caesar says, “do this,” it is performed.
ANTONY
I’ll remember. When Caesar says “do this,” it is done.

CAESAR
Set on, and leave no ceremony out.
CAESAR
Continue, then, and don’t forget to perform all of the rituals.
Music
A trumpet plays.

SOOTHSAYER
Caesar!
SOOTHSAYER
Caesar!

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