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Julius Caesar - Act 3, scene 3
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Act 3, scene 3
Cinna the poet is attacked and killed by the Roman mob because his name is the same as that of one of the conspirators.Enter Cinna the poet and after him the Plebeians.
1765 I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar,
1766 And things unluckily charge my fantasy.
1767 I have no will to wander forth of doors,
1768 Yet something leads me forth.
FIRST PLEBEIAN 1769 5What is your name?
p. 137SECOND PLEBEIAN 1770 Whither are you going?
THIRD PLEBEIAN 1771 Where do you dwell?
FOURTH PLEBEIAN 1772 Are you a married man or a
SECOND PLEBEIAN 1774 10Answer every man directly.
FIRST PLEBEIAN 1775 Ay, and briefly.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN 1776 Ay, and wisely.
THIRD PLEBEIAN 1777 Ay, and truly, you were best.
CINNA 1778 What is my name? Whither am I going? Where
1779 15 do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor?
1780 Then to answer every man directly and briefly,
1781 wisely and truly: wisely I say, I am a bachelor.
SECOND PLEBEIAN 1782 That’s as much as to say they are
1783 fools that marry. You’ll bear me a bang for that, I
1784 20 fear. Proceed directly.
CINNA 1785 Directly, I am going to Caesar’s funeral.
FIRST PLEBEIAN 1786 As a friend or an enemy?
CINNA 1787 As a friend.
SECOND PLEBEIAN 1788 That matter is answered directly.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN 1789 25For your dwelling—briefly.
CINNA 1790 Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
THIRD PLEBEIAN 1791 Your name, sir, truly.
CINNA 1792 Truly, my name is Cinna.
FIRST PLEBEIAN 1793 Tear him to pieces! He’s a conspirator.
CINNA 1794 30I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet!
FOURTH PLEBEIAN 1795 Tear him for his bad verses, tear him
1796 for his bad verses!
CINNA 1797 I am not Cinna the conspirator.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN 1798 It is no matter. His name’s Cinna.
1799 35 Pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him
THIRD PLEBEIAN 1801 Tear him, tear him! Come, brands, ho,
1802 firebrands! To Brutus’, to Cassius’, burn all! Some
1803 to Decius’ house, and some to Casca’s, some to
1804 40 Ligarius’. Away, go!
All the Plebeians exit, ⌜carrying off Cinna.⌝