| Quote #7
You know not what you do: do not consent
When Brutus grants Antony permission to speak at his friend Caesar's funeral, Cassius seems to be the only person who knows how dangerous Antony's speech will be. As we know, Antony plays the crowd perfectly (just like Caesar did back in Act 1), and his delivery of a carefully crafted speech helps incite a civil war.
| Quote #8
CINNA THE POET
Poets don't get any love in Julius Caesar, do they? After Caesar is assassinated, chaos ensues on the streets of Rome and nobody is safe. Here, Cinna the poet is mistaken for Cinna the conspirator, but even after he declares his true identity to the angry mob, he's ripped to shreds for his "bad verses." Gee, is poet and playwright Will Shakespeare trying to tell us something? Check out 4.3.1 (below) for more on this.
| Quote #9
Cassius, be content.
Brutus knows how dangerous it is for him to argue with Cassius on what amounts to a public "stage." Because he knows the troops are watching closely, he urges Cassius into the tent, where these two generals can hash out their differences in private.