Julius Caesar


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Enter Portia and Lucius


PORTIA

I prithee, boy, run to the Senate House.

Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone.

Why dost thou stay?


LUCIUS

                         To know my errand, madam.


PORTIA

I would have had thee there and here again

Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there.

O constancy, be strong upon my side;
constancy (n.) 2 fortitude, self-control, steadfastness

Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue!

I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.

How hard it is for women to keep counsel!

Art thou here yet?


LUCIUS

                         Madam, what should I do?

Run to the Capitol and nothing else?

And so return to you, and nothing else?


PORTIA

Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,

For he went sickly forth; and take good note

What Caesar doth, what suitors press to him.
press (v.) 2 push forward, thrust, come / go boldly
suitor (n.) petitioner, supplicant, entreater

Hark, boy, what noise is that?


LUCIUS

I hear none, madam.


PORTIA

                         Prithee, listen well;

I heard a bustling rumour like a fray,
bustling (adj.) confused, agitated, excited
rumour (n.) 1 tumult, din, confusion

And the wind brings it from the Capitol.


LUCIUS

Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.

Enter the Soothsayer


PORTIA

Come hither fellow. Which way hast thou been?


SOOTHSAYER

At mine own house, good lady.


PORTIA

What is't o'clock?


SOOTHSAYER

                         About the ninth hour, lady.


PORTIA

Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?


SOOTHSAYER

Madam, not yet; I go to take my stand,

To see him pass on to the Capitol.


PORTIA

Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou not?
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


SOOTHSAYER

That I have, lady, if it will please Caesar

To be so good to Caesar as to hear me:

I shall beseech him to befriend himself.


PORTIA

Why, know'st thou any harm's intended towards him?


SOOTHSAYER

None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance.

Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow;

The throng that follows Caesar at the heels,

Of senators, of praetors, common suitors,
suitor (n.) petitioner, supplicant, entreater

Will crowd a feeble man almost to death;

I'll get me to a place more void, and there
void (adj.) 2 uncrowded, unfrequented, roomy

Speak to great Caesar as he comes along.

Exit


PORTIA

I must go in. Ay me, how weak a thing

The heart of woman is! O Brutus,

The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!

(aside) Sure, the boy heard me. (to Lucius) Brutus hath a suit

That Caesar will not grant. (aside) O, I grow faint.

Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord;
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

Say I am merry; come to me again,
merry (adj.) 3 in good spirits, well

And bring me word what he doth say to thee.

Exeunt

 
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