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Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Act 3, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

Julius Caesar Act 3, Scene 3



A street

Enter CINNA THE POET and, after him, the PLEBEIANS

Enter CINNA THE POET and, after him, the PLEBEIANS

CINNA THE POET

I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar,

And things unlucky charge my fantasy.

I have no will to wander forth of doors,

Yet something leads me forth.

 

CINNA THE POET

I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar,

And things unlucky charge my fantasy.

I have no will to wander forth of doors,

Yet something leads me forth.

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

What is your name?

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

What is your name?

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Whither are you going?

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Whither are you going?

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Where do you dwell?

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Where do you dwell?

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Are you a married man or a bachelor?

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Are you a married man or a bachelor?

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Answer every man directly.

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Answer every man directly.

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Ay, and briefly.

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Ay, and briefly.

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Ay, and wisely.

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Ay, and wisely.

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Ay, and truly, you were best.

(you’d best answer truly)

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Ay, and truly, you were best.

 

CINNA THE POET

What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then, to answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly—wisely, I say I am a bachelor.

 

CINNA THE POET

What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then, to answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly—wisely I say, I am a bachelor.

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

That’s as much as to say they are fools that marry. You’ll bear me (endure from me) a bang for that, I fear. Proceed directly.

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

That’s as much as to say they are fools that marry. You’ll bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed, directly.

 

CINNA THE POET

Directly, I am going to Caesar’s funeral.

 

CINNA THE POET

Directly, I am going to Caesar’s funeral.

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

As a friend or an enemy?

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

As a friend or an enemy?

 

CINNA THE POET

As a friend.

 

CINNA THE POET

As a friend.

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

That matter is answered directly.

 

SECOND PLEBEIAN

That matter is answered directly.

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

For your dwelling—briefly.

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

For your dwelling—briefly.

 

CINNA THE POET

Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.

 

CINNA THE POET

Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Your name, sir, truly.

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Your name, sir, truly.

 

CINNA THE POET

Truly, my name is Cinna.

 

CINNA THE POET

Truly, my name is Cinna.

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Tear him to pieces. He’s a conspirator.

 

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Tear him to pieces. He’s a conspirator.

 

CINNA THE POET

I am Cinna the poet. I am Cinna the poet.

 

CINNA THE POET

I am Cinna the poet. I am Cinna the poet.

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Tear him for his bad verses! Tear him for his bad verses!

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Tear him for his bad verses! Tear him for his bad verses!

 

CINNA THE POET

I am not Cinna the conspirator.

 

CINNA THE POET

I am not Cinna the conspirator.

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

It is no matter. His name’s Cinna. Pluck but his name out of his heart and turn him going (let him go).

 

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

It is no matter. His name’s Cinna. Pluck but his name out of his heart and turn him going.

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Tear him, tear him!

 

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Tear him, tear him!

 

PLEBEIANS attack CINNA THE POET

PLEBEIANS attack CINNA THE POET

ALL

Come, brands, ho, firebrands (lit pieces of wood). To Brutus', to Cassius', burn all. Some to Decius' house and some to Casca’s. Some to Ligarius'. Away, go!

 

ALL

Come, brands, ho, firebrands. To Brutus', to Cassius', burn all. Some to Decius' house and some to Casca’s. Some to Ligarius'. Away, go!

 

Exeunt PLEBEIANS dragging CINNA THE POET

Exeunt PLEBEIANS dragging CINNA THE POET

 

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