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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

  

by William Shakespeare

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Julius Caesar Manipulation Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the Riverside edition.

Quote #10

ANTONY
Here is the will, and under Caesar's seal:
To every Roman citizen he gives,
To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
Most noble Caesar! We'll revenge his death.
THIRD PLEBIAN
O royal Caesar!
ANTONY
Hear me with patience.
PLEBEIANS 
Peace, ho!
ANTONY
Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
His private arbors, and new-planted orchards,
On this side Tiber. He hath left them you,
And to your heirs forever—common pleasures
To walk abroad and recreate yourselves.
Here was a Caesar! When comes such another?
FIRST PLEBEIAN
Never, never!—Come, away, away!
We'll burn his body in the holy place
And with the brands fire the traitors' houses.
Take up the body. (3.2.254-270)

Something like ten minutes ago, the people swore with Brutus that they loved their freedom as Romans above all else.  But Antony, with the promise of two months' wages and some public gardens, convinces the people to riot.  They forget all about the tyranny Brutus just warned them of.

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