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Act four 2 & 3

This is really only one long scene split into two parts. Inside and outside the tent

In Brutus’ camp near Sardis he is waiting for Cassius to arrive. Things have cooled between them since the Assassination of Caesar and fleeing Rome

BRUTUS

….. A word, Lucilius;
How he received you, let me be resolved.

LUCILIUS

With courtesy and with respect enough;
But not with such familiar instances,
Nor with such free and friendly conference,
As he hath used of old.

BRUTUS

Thou hast described
A hot friend cooling: ever note, Lucilius,
When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony

Cassius arrives and they begin to argue until Brutus rightly says that they shouldn’t appear hostile in front of the troops. They go inside the tent

Scene 3

BRUTUS

Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemn’d to have an itching palm;
To sell and mart your offices for gold
To undeservers.

CASSIUS

I an itching palm!
You know that you are Brutus that speak this,
Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.

BRUTUS

The name of Cassius honours this corruption,
And chastisement doth therefore hide his head

The strains of war are showing on them both.  Brutus still thinks that he is in the right and has honour on his side.

BRUTUS

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,
For I am arm’d so strong in honesty
That they pass by me as the idle wind,
Which I respect not.

Brutus asked for money to pay his troops and Cassius refused to send him any. Cassius insists that it is a misunderstanding

BRUTUS

I do not like your faults.

CASSIUS

A friendly eye could never see such faults.

BRUTUS

A flatterer’s would not, though they do appear
As huge as high Olympus.

Cassius takes out his dagger and asks Brutus to stab him if he cannot love him. Brutus relents and they agree to stay friends and forget. Brutus explains why is in such a mood.

CASSIUS

I did not think you could have been so angry.

BRUTUS

O Cassius, I am sick of many griefs.

CASSIUS

Of your philosophy you make no use,
If you give place to accidental evils.

BRUTUS

No man bears sorrow better. Portia is dead. 

Brutus has received a letter explaining Portia’s death to him. Link to Wiki Biography of Portia

CASSIUS

How ‘scaped I killing when I cross’d you so?
O insupportable and touching loss!
Upon what sickness?

BRUTUS

Impatient of my absence,
And grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony
Have made themselves so strong:–for with her death
That tidings came;–with this she fell distract,
And, her attendants absent, swallow’d fire

Allegedly, full of grief, she committed suicide by swallowing hot coals.

Council of war.

With Titinius and Messala they discuss the plan for the upcoming battle. Should they wait and rest of march to Philippi. Cassius would wait but Brutus urges them to go forward.

BRUTUS

Under your pardon. You must note beside,
That we have tried the utmost of our friends,
Our legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe:
The enemy increaseth every day;
We, at the height, are ready to decline.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

Agreed they depart and Brutus settles to sleep but is disturbed by

The Ghost

Enter the Ghost of CAESAR

How ill this taper burns! Ha! who comes here?
I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
That shapes this monstrous apparition.
It comes upon me. Art thou any thing?
Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil
That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare?
Speak to me what thou art.

GHOST

Thy evil spirit, Brutus.

BRUTUS

Why comest thou?

GHOST

To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philipp

Note that when Brutus asks “What art thou?” the answer is “Thy evil spirit, Brutus”.  Caesar is blaming him. This is taken directly from the writings of Plutarch.  Frightened Brutus wakes his men and they make preparations for battle as we prepare for the final act.

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