Julius Caesar Part 1

Julius Caesar Part 1
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Act 1 English 10

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  • Act I Scene i
  • Carpentor
  • Get out of here! Go home, you lazy men. What, is today a holiday? Don’t you know that working men aren’t supposed to walk around on a workday without wearing their work clothes? You there, speak up. What’s your occupation?
  • Cobbler
  • I’m a carpenter, sir.
  • Murellus
  • Where are your leather apron and your ruler? What are you doing, wearing your best clothes? 
  • Flavius
  • Carpentor
  • Cobbler
  • Cobble you, sir.
  • Sir, I make my living using an awl. I stick to my work; I don’t meddle in politics or chase women. I’m a surgeon to old shoes. When they’re endangered, I save them. The noblest men who ever walked on leather have walked on my handiwork.
  • A few moments later.
  • And you, sir, what’s your trade?
  • Murellus
  • You’re a cobbler, are you?
  • Flavius
  • Why would you celebrate it? You cruel men of Rome, didn’t you know Pompey? Many times you climbed up many things with your babies in your arms and sat there patiently all day waiting to see great Pompey ride through the streets of Rome.  And when you caught a glimpse of his chariot, didn’t you shout so loud that the river Tiber shook as it echoed? And now you put on your best clothes, and take a holiday? And now you toss flowers in the path of Caesar, who comes in triumph over Pompey’s defeated sons? Go home, fall on your knees, and pray to the gods to spare you the pain that you deserve for such ingratitude.
  • Carpentor
  • We took the day off to see Caesar, sir, and celebrate his triumph.
  • Cobbler
  • But why aren’t you in your shop today? Why are you leading these men through the streets?
  • Murellus
  • Flavius
  • Carpentor, Cobbler, and Commoners exit.
  • Carpentor
  • Cobbler
  • Go, go, good countrymen, and to make up for having done wrong, gather up all the poor men like yourselves, lead them to the Tiber, and weep into the river until it overflows its banks.
  • Murellus
  • Flavius
  • It doesn’t matter. Make sure that none of the statues are decorated in tribute to Caesar. I’ll walk around and force the commoners off the streets. You do the same, wherever the crowds are thick. If we take away Caesar’s support, he’ll have to come back down to earth; otherwise, he’ll fly too high and keep the rest of us in a state of fear and obedience.
  • Murellus
  • Well, that ought to move even the most thickheaded of them. There they go, feeling so guilty they’re now tongue-tied. You go down toward the Capitol, and I’ll go this way. Undress the statues if they’re decorated in honor of Caesar.
  • Can we do that? You know it’s the feast of Lupercal.
  • Flavius
  • Both men leave in different directions.
  • Stand right in Antonius’s path when he runs the race. Antonius!
  • Calphurnia!
  • Calphurnia!
  • I’ll remember. When Caesar says “do this,” it is done.
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  • Caesar
  • Antonius, after you take off, don’t forget to tap Calphurnia, because our wise elders say that if you touch an infertile woman during this holy race, she’ll be freed from the curse of sterility.
  • Continue, then, and don’t forget to perform all of the rituals.
  • Yes, Caesar?
  • Act I Scene ii
  • Antony
  • I'm here, my lord.
  • Calphurnia
  • Quiet! Caesar's talking.
  • Casca
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