Julius Caesar :   Act 4, Scene 1


      Enter ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS.   
    
      ANTONY   
      These many, then, shall die; their names are prick'd.   prick'd i.e., check marked
    
      OCTAVIUS   
      Your brother too must die; consent you, Lepidus?   
    
      LEPIDUS   
      I do consent—   
    
      OCTAVIUS   
                          Prick him down, Antony.   
    
      LEPIDUS   
      Upon condition Publius shall not live,   
4.1.5      Who is your sister's son, Mark Antony.   
    
      ANTONY   
      He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.   spot mark (another "prick") | damn condemn
      But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar's house;   
      Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine   
      How to cut off some charge in legacies.   charge expense >>>
    
      LEPIDUS   
4.1.10      What, shall I find you here?   shall . . . here? (Lepidus wants to know if they will
    still be "here"—maybe Antony's house—when he
      OCTAVIUS   returns.)
      Or here, or at the Capitol.   Or . . . or either . . . or
    
      Exit LEPIDUS.   
    
      ANTONY   
      This is a slight unmeritable man,   slight unmeritable insignificant and undeserving
      Meet to be sent on errands: is it fit,   Meet suitable
      The three-fold world divided, he should stand   three-fold world i.e., West, East, and Africa >>>
4.1.15      One of the three to share it?   
    
      OCTAVIUS   
                                          So you thought him;   
      And took his voice who should be prick'd to die,   took his voice accepted his vote
      In our black sentence and proscription.   black sentence death sentence
    proscription (sentence of outlawry) >>>
      ANTONY   
      Octavius, I have seen more days than you:   seen more days am older, have more experience
      And though we lay these honours on this man,   
4.1.20      To ease ourselves of divers sland'rous loads,   ease . . . loads relieve ourselves of the burden of
      He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,   various slanders, i.e., put the blame on him for the
      To groan and sweat under the business,   wrongs that we do
      Either led or driven, as we point the way;   
      And having brought our treasure where we will,   
4.1.25      Then take we down his load, and turn him off,   turn him off put him out to pasture
      Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears,   empty 1) unloaded; 2) stupid, asinine
      And graze in commons.   in commons on the public pasture
    
      OCTAVIUS   
                                  You may do your will;   your will whatever you want
      But he's a tried and valiant soldier.   tried tested
    
      ANTONY   
      So is my horse, Octavius; and for that   
4.1.30      I do appoint him store of provender:   appoint provide | store of provender a supply of
      It is a creature that I teach to fight,   fodder
      To wind, to stop, to run directly on,   wind turn | directly on straight ahead
      His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit.   corporal bodily | govern'd directed
      And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so;   in some taste to some degree | but merely
4.1.35      He must be taught and train'd and bid go forth;   
      A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds   
      On objects, arts and imitations,   objects . . . imitations curiosities, contrivances,
      Which, out of use and staled by other men,   counterfeits | out . . . staled out of fashion and made
      Begin his fashion: do not talk of him,   stale | Begin his fashion are for him the ultimate in
4.1.40      But as a property. And now, Octavius,   fashion | property tool
      Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius   Listen give an ear to
      Are levying powers: we must straight make head:   levying powers recruiting armed forces
      Therefore let our alliance be combined,   straight make head immediately raise an army
      Our best friends made, our means stretch'd   combined strengthened | made confirmed
4.1.45      And let us presently go sit in council,   means stretch'd resources extended to the utmost
      How covert matters may be best disclosed,   presently . . . . council immediately consider
      And open perils surest answered.   covert . . . . disclosed hidden dangers may be
    discovered | open known | surest answered most
      OCTAVIUS   safely met
      Let us do so: for we are at the stake,   at the stake / And bay'd about i.e., surrounded >>>
      And bay'd about with many enemies;   
4.1.50      And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,   
      Millions of mischiefs.   mischiefs harms, evils
    
      Exeunt.   
    






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