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[Knocking within. Bru. 'Tis good. Go to the gate; sornebody knocks.
[Exit Lucius. 60 Since Cassius first did whet me against Cæsar, I have not slept. Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream : The Genius and the mortal instruments Are then in council; and the state of man, Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection.
Is he alone?
you know them? Luc. No, sir; their hats are pluck'd about their
ears, And half their faces buried in their cloaks, 59. fifteen; so Ff. Warbur- mortal instruments
are the ton (followed by many modern bodily organs through or in edd.) wrongly altered to league with which the soul acts : • fourteen.' It is, in fact, the the brain, with which it generates dawn of the fifteenth, which thoughts (cf. Richard II.v.5.6f.); Lucius may be supposed to the heart, which was the source include.
of feeling perhaps; the liver, the 64. motion, prompting. seat of fear, gloom, wrath, and
65. a phantasma, an illusory love. The 'genius' is never in vision.
Shakespeare expressly identified 66. The Genius and the with the man, but its meaning mortal instruments, the rational here comes near to that of soul. spirit possessing a man, and his 70. brother Cassius. Cassius passions and desires. The had married Brutus' sister.
That by no means I may discover them
Let 'em enter. [Exit Lucius.
Enter the conspirators, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS,
CINNA, METELLUS CIMBER, and TREBONIUS. Cas. I think we are too bold upon your rest : Good morrow, Brutus; do we trouble you?
Bru. I have been up this hour, awake all night.
He is welcome hither.
He is welcome too. Cas. This, Casca; this, Cinna ; and this, Me
tellus Cimber. Bru. They are all welcome.
76. favour, countenance. 83. path, take thy way.
84. Erebus, a region of thick 77. the faction, the body of darkness between Earth and conspirators.
What watchful cares do interpose themselves
[Brutus and Cassius whisper. Dec. Here lies the east : doth not the day break
here? Casca. No.
Cin. O, pardon, sir, it doth; and yon gray lines That fret the clouds are messengers of day. Casca. You shall confess that you are both
Bru. Give me your hands all over, one by one.
Bru. No, not an oath : if not the face of men,
104. fret, fleck,
with countenance. ripples of light.
115. the time's abuse, the 107. growing on, advancing grievous plight of the age. towards.
117. idle bed, bed of idle112. all over, one after the other.
118. high-sighted, haughtily 114. the face of men, the supercilious. sense of peril legible in every 118. range, roam.
To prick us to redress ? what other bond
Cas. But what of Cicero? shall we sound him? I think he will stand very strong with us.
Casca. Let us not leave him out.
No, by no means.
Bru. O, name him not : let us not break with him ; 150
Then leave him out. Casca. Indeed he is not fit.
129. cautelous, crafty.
138. several, separate, dis133. even, pure.
tinct. 134 insuppressive, insup- 150. break with, break the pressible.
Dec. Shall no man else be touch'd but only Cæsar?
Cas. Decius, well urged : I think it is not meet,
their servants to an act of rage,
Yet I fear him;
Bru. Alas, good Cassius, do not think of him :
158. shrewd, dangerous.
harm. 178. envious, malicious.