• The same. The Forum.
    Enter seven or eight Citizens

    FIRST CITIZEN

    Once, if he do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.

    SECOND CITIZEN

    We may, sir, if we will.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a
    power that we have no power to do; for if he show us
    5his wounds and tell us his deeds, we are to put our
    tongues into those wounds and speak for them; so, if
    he tell us his noble deeds, we must also tell him
    our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is
    monstrous, and for the multitude to be ingrateful,
    10were to make a monster of the multitude: of the
    which we being members, should bring ourselves to be
    monstrous members.

    FIRST CITIZEN

    And to make us no better thought of, a little help
    will serve; for once we stood up about the corn, he
    15himself stuck not to call us the many-headed multitude.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    We have been called so of many; not that our heads
    are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald,
    but that our wits are so diversely coloured: and
    truly I think if all our wits were to issue out of
    20one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south,
    and their consent of one direct way should be at
    once to all the points o’ the compass.
  • The Roman marketplace.
    Seven or eight Citizens enter.

    FIRST CITIZEN

    If and when he asks for our votes, we shouldn’t deny him.

    SECOND CITIZEN

    We can deny him, sir, if we want to.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    We have the right to deny him, but it wouldn’t be the right thing to do. If he shows us his wounds and tells us of his deeds, we must honor those wounds with our votes. And if he tells us of his noble deeds, we must then tell him of our gratitude. Ingratitude is monstrous, and for the people to be seen as ungrateful would make us into monsters.

    FIRST CITIZEN

    And it wouldn’t take much to make us worse thought of. When we complained about the corn, he didn’t hesitate to call us an unstable mass of people.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Many people have called us that. Not because some of us have brown hair, some black, some blond and some bald, but because our opinions are so diverse. I truly think that if all our opinions were to come from one mind, they would go east, west, north, and south. All they could agree on would be to go in different directions.