l;»¿ Julius Caesar Act 2 Scene 3 - Artemidorus read the letter
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Julius CaesarPlease see the bottom of the page for full explanatory notes and helpful resources. ACT II SCENE IIIA street near the Capitol.Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a paper.ARTEMIDORUS"Caesar, beware of Brutus; take heed of Cassius;come not near Casca; have an eye to Cinna, trust notTrebonius: mark well Metellus Cimber: Decius Brutusloves thee not: thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius.5There is but one mind in all these men, and it isbent against Caesar. If thou beest not immortal,look about you: security gives way to conspiracy.The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover,"ARTEMIDORUS."10Here will I stand till Caesar pass along,And as a suitor will I give him this.My heart laments that virtue cannot liveOut of the teeth of emulation.If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayst live;15If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.Exit Next: Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 4_____Explanatory Notes for Act 2, Scene 3From Julius Caesar. Ed. Samuel Thurber. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ____ACT II Scene 3 7. security gives way to. Over-confidence makes a way for conspiracy. Have we seen anything to show that Caesar was wholly confident of his own security? 8. lover: friend, -- as frequently in Shakespeare. So later Brutus calls the citizens "Romans, countrymen, and lovers!" and in "The Merchant" Lorenzo speaks of Antonio as "a lover" of Bassanio. 12. Out of the teeth of emulation: safe from the teeth of jealousy; "free from the attacks of envy." 14. contrive: conspire, plot. ________ How to cite the explanatory notes and scene questions: Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. Ed. Samuel Thurber. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1919. Shakespeare Online. 26 Feb.
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