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Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 1 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

Julius Caesar Act 4, Scene 1



A house in Rome

Enter ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS

Enter ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS

ANTONY

These many, then, shall die. Their names are pricked.

pricked=marked

 

ANTONY

These many, then, shall die. Their names are pricked.

 

OCTAVIUS

(to LEPIDUS)

Your brother, too, must die. Consent you, Lepidus?

 

OCTAVIUS

(to LEPIDUS)

Your brother too must die. Consent you, Lepidus?

 

LEPIDUS

I do consentó

 

LEPIDUS

I do consentó

 

OCTAVIUS

Prick him down (mark him for death), Antony.

 

OCTAVIUS

   Prick him down, Antony.

 

LEPIDUS

Upon condition Publius shall not live,

Who is your sisterís son, Mark Antony.

 

LEPIDUS

Upon condition Publius shall not live,

Who is your sisterís son, Mark Antony.

 

ANTONY

He shall not live. Look, with a spot I damn him.

spot=mark

But, Lepidus, go you to Caesarís house.

Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine

How to cut off some charge in legacies.

(how to reduce some of his bequests to the people in order to pay for the oncoming war with Brutus and Cassius)

ANTONY

He shall not live. Look, with a spot I damn him.

But, Lepidus, go you to Caesarís house.

Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine

How to cut off some charge in legacies.

 

LEPIDUS

What, shall I find you here [when I return]?

 

LEPIDUS

What, shall I find you here?

 

OCTAVIUS

Or here or at the Capitol.

 

OCTAVIUS

Or here, or at the Capitol.

 

Exit LEPIDUS

Exit LEPIDUS

ANTONY

This is a slight, unmeritable man,

Meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit,

(suitable for sending on errands)

The threefold world divided, [that] he should stand

threefold world=East, West, Africa

One of the three to share it?

 

ANTONY

This is a slight, unmeritable man,

Meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit,

The threefold world divided, he should stand

One of the three to share it?

 

OCTAVIUS

So you thought him.

And took his voice who should be pricked to die

In our black sentence and proscription.

black sentence=death sentence

proscription=condemnation

 

OCTAVIUS

    So you thought him.

And took his voice who should be pricked to die

In our black sentence and proscription.

 

ANTONY

Octavius, I have seen more days than you,

And, though we lay these honors on this man

To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads,

(that is, let him take the blame)

He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,

To groan and sweat under the business,

Either led or driven, as we point the way

And, having brought our treasure where we will,

Then take we down his load and turn him off,

turn him off=put him out to pasture

Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears

And graze in commons (public pastures).

 

ANTONY

Octavius, I have seen more days than you.

And though we lay these honors on this man

To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads,

He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,

To groan and sweat under the business,

Either led or driven, as we point the way.

And having brought our treasure where we will,

Then take we down his load and turn him off,

Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears

And graze in commons.

 

OCTAVIUS

You may do your will,

But heís a tried and valiant soldier.

 

OCTAVIUS

    You may do your will,

But heís a tried and valiant soldier.

 

ANTONY

So is my horse, Octavius, and for that

I do appoint him store of provender.

(provide him with fodder)

It is a creature that I teach to fight,

To wind, to stop, to run directly on,

wind=turn

His corporal motion governed by my spirit,

corporal=bodily

And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so.

(to some degree is Lepidus merely such)

He must be taught and trained and bid go forth,

A barren-spirited fellow, one that feeds

On objects, arts, and imitations,

objects, arts, and imitations Ė superficial matters

Which, out of use and staled by other men,

staled by=of no interest to

Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him

begin his fashion=are for him the ultimate in fashion

But as a property. And now, Octavius,

Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius

Are levying powers. We must straight make head.

levying powers=recruiting an army

straight=immediately

make head=raise our own army

Therefore let our alliance be combined,

Our best friends made, our means stretched,

best friends=allies

And let us presently go sit in council

presently=immediately

How covert matters may be best disclosed

(how hidden dangers can best be discovered)

And open perils surest answered.

(known perils most safely met)

 

ANTONY

So is my horse, Octavius, and for that

I do appoint him store of provender.

It is a creature that I teach to fight,

To wind, to stop, to run directly on,

His corporal motion governed by my spirit,

And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so.

He must be taught and trained and bid go forth,

A barren-spirited fellow, one that feeds

On objects, arts, and imitations,

Which, out of use and staled by other men,

Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him

But as a property. And now, Octavius,

Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius

Are levying powers. We must straight make head.

Therefore let our alliance be combined,

Our best friends made, our means stretched.

And let us presently go sit in council

How covert matters may be best disclosed,

And open perils surest answered.

 

OCTAVIUS

Let us do so. For we are at the stake

at the stake=like a bear tied to a stake

And bayed about with many enemies,

bayed about=harassed as if by dogs

And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,

Millions of mischiefs.

 

OCTAVIUS

Let us do so. For we are at the stake

And bayed about with many enemies.

And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,

Millions of mischiefs.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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