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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Translation Act 3, Scene 3

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CINNA THE POET enters, followed by 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 dreamed last night that I was feasting with Caesar, and ominous signs filled my mind. I have no desire to walk around outdoors, yet something leads me out.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

What is your name?

FIRST PLEBEIAN

What’s your name?

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Whither are you going?

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Where are you going?

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Where do you dwell?

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Where do you live?

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Are you a married man or a bachelor?

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Are you married or single?

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Answer every man directly.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Answer each one of us right now.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Ay, and briefly.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Yes, and quickly.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Ay, and wisely.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

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THIRD PLEBEIAN

Ay, and truly, you were best.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

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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

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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.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

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CINNA THE POET

Directly, I am going to Caesar’s funeral.

CINNA THE POET

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FIRST PLEBEIAN

As a friend or an enemy?

FIRST PLEBEIAN

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CINNA THE POET

As a friend.

CINNA THE POET

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SECOND PLEBEIAN

That matter is answered directly.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

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FOURTH PLEBEIAN

For your dwelling—briefly.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

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CINNA THE POET

Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.

CINNA THE POET

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THIRD PLEBEIAN

Your name, sir, truly.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

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CINNA THE POET

Truly, my name is Cinna.

CINNA THE POET

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FIRST PLEBEIAN

Tear him to pieces. He’s a conspirator.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

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CINNA THE POET

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

CINNA THE POET

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FOURTH PLEBEIAN

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

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

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CINNA THE POET

I am not Cinna the conspirator.

CINNA THE POET

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FOURTH PLEBEIAN

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

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

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THIRD PLEBEIAN

Tear him, tear him! Come, brands, ho! Firebrands: to Brutus', to Cassius', burn all. Some to Decius' house and some to Casca’s. Some to Ligarius'. Away, go!

THIRD PLEBEIAN

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The PLEBEIANS exit, dragging CINNA THE POET.

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About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.