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And after scandal them ; or if you know
Bru. What means this shouting ? I do fear, the people Choose Cæsar for their king.
Cas. Ay, do you fear it ?
Bru. I would not. Casus ; yet I love him well -
Cas. I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,
He had a fever when he was in Spain,
Cas. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
(5). A plain man would have said the colour fled from his lips. But the false expression was for the sake of as false a piece of wit: a poor quibble, alluding to a coward flying from his colours. WARBURTON.  That is, temperament, constitution. STEEVENS.
17) This image is extremely noble ; it is taken from the Olympic games. The majestic world is a fine periphrasis for the Roman Empire; their citizens set themselves on a footing with kings, and they called their dominion Orbis Romanus. But the particular allusion seems to be to the known story of Cæsar's great pattern, Alexander, who being asked, Whether he would run the course at the Olympic games, replied, “ Yes, if the racers were kings." WARBURTON,
Now is it Rome indeed, and room enough,
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous ;
further mov'd. What you have said,
Cas. I am glad, that my weak words
Re-enter Cesar, and his train.
Cas. As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve;
you What hath proceeded, worthy note, to-day.
Bru. I will do so :-But, look you, Cassius,
Cas. Casca will tell us what the matter is.
Cæs. Let me have men about me that are fat i
Ant. Fear him not, Cæsar, he's not dangerous ;
Cæs. 'Would he were fatter :-But I fear him not :
[Exe. CÆSAR and his Train. Casca stays behind. Casca. You pull’d me by the cloak; Would you speak with me?
Bru. Ay, Casca ; tell us what hath chanc'd to-day,
Casca. Why you were with him, were you not ?
Casca. Why, there was a crown offered him: and being offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand, thus ; and then the people fell a shouting.
Bru. What was the second noise for ?
Casca. Ay, marry, was't, and he put it by thrice, every time gentler than other; and at every putting by, mine honest neighbours shouted.
Cas. Who offered him the crown ?
Casca. I can as well be hanged, as tell the manner of it: it was mere foolery. I did not mark it. I saw. Mark Antony offer him a crown ;-yet 'twas not a crown neither, 'twas one of these coronets; and, as I told you, he put it by once; but, for all that, to my thinking, he he would fain have had it. Then he offered it to him again; then he put it by again : but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then he of fered it the third time ; he put it the third time by : and still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted, and clapped their chopped hands, and threw up their sweaty nightcaps, and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Cæsar refused the crown, that it had almost choaked Cæsar; for he'swooned, and fell down at it: And for mine own part, I durst not laugh, for fear of opening my lips, and receiving the bad air.
Cas. But, soft, I pray you : What? Did Cæsar swoon?
Casca. He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless.
Bru. 'Tis very like : he hath the falling-sickness.
Cas. No, Cæsar hath it not; but you, and I, And honest Casca, we have the falling-sickness.
Casca. I know not what you mean by that ; but, I am sure, .Cæsar fell down.
If the tag-rag people did not clap him, and hiss him, according as he pleased, and displeased them, as they use to do the players in the theatre, I am no true man.
Bru. What said he, when he came unto himself?
Casca. Marry, before he fell down, when he perceiv'd the common herd was glad he refused the crown, he plucked me ope his doublet, and offered them his throat to cut.—An I had been a man of any occupation, if I would not have taken him at a word, I would I might go to hell among the rogues :- and so he fell. When he came to himself again, he said, If he had done or said, any thing amiss, he desired their worships to think it was his infirmity. Three or four wenches, where I stood, cried, Alas, good soul !--and forgave him with all their hearts : But there's no heed to be taken of them; if Cæsar had stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less.
Bru. And after that, he came, thus sad, away?
i'the face again : But those, that understood him, smiled at one another, and shook their heads : but, for mine own part, (1) Had I been a mechanic, one of the plebeians to whom be offered his throat