ACT II SCENE IV

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Julius Caesar

ACT II SCENE IV Another part of the same street, before the house of BRUTUS.
Enter PORTIA and LUCIUS.
PORTIA I prithee, boy, run to the senate-house;
Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone:
Why dost thou stay?
LUCIUS To know my errand, madam.  5
PORTIA I would have had thee there, and here again,
Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there.
O constancy, be strong upon my side,
Set a huge mountain ‘tween my heart and tongue!
I have a man’s mind, but a woman’s might.  10
How hard it is for women to keep counsel!
Art thou here yet?
LUCIUS Madam, what should I do?
Run to the Capitol, and nothing else?
And so return to you, and nothing else?  15
PORTIA Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
For he went sickly forth: and take good note
What Caesar doth, what suitors press to him.
Hark, boy! what noise is that?
LUCIUS I hear none, madam.  20
PORTIA Prithee, listen well;
I heard a bustling rumour, like a fray,
And the wind brings it from the Capitol.
LUCIUS Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.
Enter the Soothsayer.
PORTIA Come hither, fellow: which way hast thou been?  25
Soothsayer At mine own house, good lady.
PORTIA What is’t o’clock?
Soothsayer About the ninth hour, lady.
PORTIA Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?
Soothsayer Madam, not yet: I go to take my stand,  30
To see him pass on to the Capitol.
PORTIA Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou not?
Soothsayer That I have, lady: if it will please Caesar
To be so good to Caesar as to hear me,
I shall beseech him to befriend himself.  35
PORTIA Why, know’st thou any harm’s intended towards him?
Soothsayer None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance.
Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow:
The throng that follows Caesar at the heels,
Of senators, of praetors, common suitors,  40
Will crowd a feeble man almost to death:
I’ll get me to a place more void, and there
Speak to great Caesar as he comes along.
Exit
PORTIA I must go in. Ay me, how weak a thing
The heart of woman is! O Brutus,  45
The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!
Sure, the boy heard me: Brutus hath a suit
That Caesar will not grant. O, I grow faint.
Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord;
Say I am merry: come to me again,  50
And bring me word what he doth say to thee.
Exeunt severally.

Next: Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1