"Now, Antony, our hopes are answered. You said the enemy would not come down but keep the hills and upper regions. It proves not so. Their battles are at hand. They mean to warn us at Philippi here, answering before we do demand of them." - Octavius
Act 5 Scene 1 By: McKenna Blackwell
"Tut, I am in their bosoms, and I know wherefore they do it. they could be content to visit other places, and come down with fearful bravery, thinking by this face to fasten in our thoughts that they have courage. But 'tis not so." -Antony.
"Octavius, lead your battle softly on, Upon the left hand of the even field." -Antony.
"Prepare you, generals. The enemy comes on in gallant show. Their bloody sign of battle is hung out, and something to be done immediately." -Messenger.
"Upon the right hand I, Keep thou the left." -Octavius.
"Not that we love words better, as you do" -Octavius.
"In your bad strokes, Brutus, you give good words. Witness the hole you made in Caesar's heart, Crying "Long live, hail, Caesar!' -Antony
"Good words are better than bad strokes, Octavius." -Brutus.
Octavius and Antony wait on the battlefield for Brutus and Cassius to attack. While waiting, Antony tells Octavius that the only reason that Brutus and Cassius are attacking is to make them look braver than them.
"Believe not so." - Messala.
After talking about the battle, a messenger enters and warns Octavius and Antony about the enemy. The messenger tells them the enemy approaches with a great display, and that something must be done immediately to stop them. Except, Octavius and Antony cannot agree on what side to approach Brutus's army.
"By the same principle that made me condemn Cato for committing suicide, I plan to be patient and submit to what the gods decide, I don't know why, but I find it cowardly and vile to kill oneself early to prevent possible suffering later on." - Brutus.
Before the battle, Brutus and Cassius speak with Antony and Octavius. They exchange a few taunting words before Brutus and Cassius call Octavius young and inexperienced and accuse Antony of being a social butterfly. Antony and Octavius then call Brutus and Cassius traitors and imposters.
While Brutus speaks apart with Lucilius, Cassius tells Messala that he has a bad feeling. Cassius never believed in omens until carrion birds circle their army, while strong, eagle once had done so. Messala assures Cassius that there is nothing to worry about.
"You know that I held Epicurus strong and his opinion. Now I change my mind, and partly credit things that do presage. Coming from Sardis, on our former ensign two mighty eagles fell, and there they perched, gorging and feeding from our soldiers' hands, ..." - Cassius.
Brutus returns from speaking with Lucilius. They say their goodbyes because if they don't win this battle they'll never see each other again. Brutus and Cassius plan what to do if they do lose the battle. Brutus then shares that he doesn't believe in suicide.
" Forever and forever farewell, Brutus. If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed. If not, 'tis true this parting was well made."- Cassius.