|ACT V SCENE II||The same. The field of battle.|
|Alarum. Enter BRUTUS and MESSALA.|
|BRUTUS||Ride, ride, Messala, ride, and give these bills|
|Unto the legions on the other side.|
|Let them set on at once; for I perceive|
|But cold demeanor in Octavius’ wing,|
|And sudden push gives them the overthrow.||5|
|Ride, ride, Messala: let them all come down.|
Next: Julius Caesar, Act 5, Scene 3
Explanatory Notes for Act 5, Scene 2
From Julius Caesar. Ed. Henry Norman Hudson. New York: Ginn and Co., 1908.
1. bills: written instructions, dispatches. “In the meantime Brutus, that led the right wing, sent little bills to the colonels and captains of private bands, in the which he wrote the word of the battle.”–Plutarch, Marcus Brutus.
2. ‘The legions on the other side’ are those commanded by Cassius, the left wing of the joint army of Brutus and Cassius. Brutus wants Cassius to attack the enemy at the same time that he himself does. In the next scene, Messala and his escort are met by Titinius coming from Cassius.
How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. Ed. Henry Norman Hudson. New York: Ginn and Co., 1908.