Julius Caesar Act IV
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These many, then, shall die; their names are pricked.
Antony meets Octavius and Lepidus at his house. They review a list of names, deciding who must be killed.
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Your brother too must die. Consent you, Lepidus?
I do consent —
This is a slight unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands.
When Lepidus leaves, Antony expresses his hatred for him. Octavius is suprised by his remark.
So you thought him,And took his voice who should be pricked to die in our black sentence and proscription.
Antony explains that he plans to use Lepidus in the fight against Brutus and Cassius, but to deny him any real power once the conflict is over.
Do not talk of himBut as a property. And now, Octavius,Listen great things. Brutus and CassiusAre levying powers. We must straight make head.
Let us do so; for we are at the stakeAnd bayed about with many enemies.
Civil war has broken out in Rome, with Brutus and Cassius leading one side, and Antony and Octavius leading the other.
Most noble brother you have done me wrong!
Brutus argues that they must wage war honorably, or the killing of Caesar was hypocritical. Cassius contends that a practical approach is the only way to win the war.
Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies?And if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
An old poet barges into the camp, and tries to convince the two men to stop fighting with a simplistic poem before he is thrown out. Brutus and Cassius have wine together in Brutus’ tent.
For shame, you generals! What do you mean?Love and be friends, as two such men should be,For I have seen more years, I'm sure, than ye.