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CASSIUS

I blame you not for praising Caesar so.
But what compact mean you to have with us?
Will you be pricked in number of our friends?
Or shall we on, and not depend on you?

CASSIUS

I don’t blame you for praising Caesar like this, but what agreement do you intend to reach with us? Will you be counted as our friend, or should we proceed without depending on you?

ANTONY

230Therefore I took your hands, but was indeed
Swayed from the point by looking down on Caesar.
Friends am I with you all and love you all
Upon this hope: that you shall give me reasons
Why and wherein Caesar was dangerous.

ANTONY

I took your hands in friendship, but, indeed, I was distracted when I looked down at Caesar. I am friends with you all and love you all, on one condition—that you prove to me that Caesar was dangerous.

BRUTUS

235Or else were this a savage spectacle!
Our reasons are so full of good regard
That were you, Antony, the son of Caesar,
You should be satisfied.

BRUTUS

Without that proof, this would’ve been a savage action! Our reasons are so well considered that even if you, Antony, were Caesar’s son, you would be satisfied with them.

ANTONY

    That’s all I seek.
And am moreover suitor that I may
240Produce his body to the marketplace,
And in the pulpit, as becomes a friend,
Speak in the order of his funeral.

ANTONY

That’s all I ask—and that you let me carry his body to the marketplace and, as a friend ought to do, stand on the platform and give a proper funeral oration.

BRUTUS

You shall, Mark Antony.

BRUTUS

You may, Mark Antony.

CASSIUS

    Brutus, a word with you.
(aside to BRUTUS) You know not what you do.
245Do not consent
That Antony speak in his funeral.
Know you how much the people may be moved
By that which he will utter?

CASSIUS

Brutus, may I have a word with you? (speaking so that only BRUTUS can hear) You don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t let Antony speak at his funeral. Don’t you know how much the people could be affected by what he says?

BRUTUS

(aside to CASSIUS)    By your pardon.
250I will myself into the pulpit first,
And show the reason of our Caesar’s death.

BRUTUS

(speaking so that only CASSIUS can hear) With your permission, I’ll stand on the platform first and explain the reason for Caesar’s death.