• The same. The Forum.
    Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS

    BRUTUS

    In this point charge him home, that he affects
    Tyrannical power: if he evade us there,
    Enforce him with his envy to the people,
    And that the spoil got on the Antiates
    5Was ne’er distributed.
    Enter an Aedile
    What, will he come?

    AEDILE

    He’s coming.

    BRUTUS

    How accompanied?

    AEDILE

    With old Menenius, and those senators
    10That always favour’d him.

    SICINIUS

    Have you a catalogue
    Of all the voices that we have procured
    Set down by the poll?

    AEDILE

    I have; ’tis ready.

    SICINIUS

    15Have you collected them by tribes?

    AEDILE

    I have.

    SICINIUS

    Assemble presently the people hither;
    And when they bear me say ‘It shall be so
    I’ the right and strength o’ the commons,’ be it either
    20For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them
    If I say fine, cry ‘Fine;’ if death, cry ‘Death.’
    Insisting on the old prerogative
    And power i’ the truth o’ the cause.
  • The Forum.
    SICINIUS and BRUTUS enter.

    BRUTUS

    Drive this point home: his aim is to be a tyrant. If he dodges this accusation, confront him with his ill-will toward the people, and that the spoils won from the Antiates were never distributed.
    An aedile enters.
    Is he coming?

    AEDILE

    He’s coming.

    BRUTUS

    Who’s he with?

    AEDILE

    With old Menenius and those senators that have always favored him.

    SICINIUS

    Do you have a list of all the individual votes taken in our poll?

    AEDILE

    I do. It’s ready.

    SICINIUS

    Have you counted them by district?

    AEDILE

    I have.

    SICINIUS

    Bring the people here now, and when I say, “The decision of the people is,” whether it’s death, fine, or banishment, if I say, “fine,” have them cry, “Fine,” if “death,” cry, “Death.” They must insist on their legal right to decide this and the power that comes from the truth of their cause.