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Julius Caesar

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See, Antony, that revels long a-nights,
Is notwithstanding up.—Good morrow, Antony.
See! Even Antony, who stays up all night partying, is awake. Good morning, Antony.

ANTONY
So to most noble Caesar.
ANTONY
And to you, most noble Caesar.


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CAESAR
    Bid them prepare within.
I am to blame to be thus waited for.
—Now, Cinna.—Now, Metellus.—What, Trebonius,
I have an hour’s talk in store for you.
Remember that you call on me today.
Be near me, that I may remember you.
CAESAR
Tell them to prepare the other room for guests. I’m to blame for making you wait for me. Now, Cinna. Now, Metellus. Trebonius! I have an hour-long matter to discuss with you. Remember to see me today. Stay near me so I’ll remember.

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TREBONIUS
Caesar, I will. (aside) And so near will I be
That your best friends shall wish I had been further.
TREBONIUS
Caesar, I will. (speaking quietly to himself) In fact, I’ll be so near that your best friends will wish I’d been further away.


CAESAR
Good friends, go in and taste some wine with me.
And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
CAESAR
Good friends, go in and have some wine with me. And we’ll leave together, like friends.


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BRUTUS
(aside) That every “like” is not the same, O Caesar,
The heart of Brutus earns to think upon.
BRUTUS
(quietly to himself) That we are now only “like” friends—Oh Caesar—makes my heart ache.
Exeunt
They all exit.

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