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Julius Caesar

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Flourish Enter CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, PUBLIUS, and POPILLIUS LENA with a crowd of people, including ARTEMIDORUS and the SOOTHSAYER
A crowd of people enters, among them ARTEMIDORUS and the SOOTHSAYER. A trumpet plays. CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILLIUS, PUBLIUS, and others enter.

CAESAR
(to the SOOTHSAYER) The ides of March are come.
CAESAR
(to the SOOTHSAYER) March 15th has come.

SOOTHSAYER
Ay, Caesar, but not gone.
SOOTHSAYER
Yes, Caesar, but it’s not gone yet.

ARTEMIDORUS
(offering his letter) Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule.
ARTEMIDORUS
(offering his letter) Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule.


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DECIUS
(offering CAESAR another paper)
Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
At your best leisure, this his humble suit.
DECIUS
(offering CAESAR another paper) Trebonius wants you to look over his humble petition, at your leisure.


ARTEMIDORUS
O Caesar, read mine first, for mine’s a suit
That touches Caesar nearer. Read it, great Caesar.
ARTEMIDORUS
Oh, Caesar, read mine first, for my petition affects you more directly. Read it, great Caesar.

CAESAR
What touches us ourself shall be last served.
CAESAR
Whatever pertains to myself I will deal with last.

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ARTEMIDORUS
Delay not, Caesar. Read it instantly.
ARTEMIDORUS
Don’t delay, Caesar. Read it instantly.

CAESAR
What, is the fellow mad?
CAESAR
What, is the man insane?

PUBLIUS
(to ARTEMIDORUS)    Sirrah, give place.
PUBLIUS
(to ARTEMIDORUS) Stand aside, you.



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CASSIUS
(to ARTEMIDORUS)
What, urge you your petitions in the street?
Come to the Capitol.
CASSIUS
(to ARTEMIDORUS) What? Are you pressing your petition on the street? Go to the Capitol.

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