• Antium. A public place.
    Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, with Attendants

    AUFIDIUS

    Go tell the lords o’ the city I am here:
    Deliver them this paper: having read it,
    Bid them repair to the market-place; where I,
    Even in theirs and in the commons’ ears,
    5Will vouch the truth of it. Him I accuse
    The city ports by this hath enter’d and
    Intends to appear before the people, hoping
    To purge herself with words: dispatch.
    Exeunt Attendants
    Enter three or four Conspirators of AUFIDIUS’ faction
    Most welcome!

    FIRST CONSPIRATOR

    10How is it with our general?

    AUFIDIUS

    Even so
    As with a man by his own alms empoison’d,
    And with his charity slain.

    SECOND CONSPIRATOR

    Most noble sir,
    15If you do hold the same intent wherein
    You wish’d us parties, we’ll deliver you
    Of your great danger.

    AUFIDIUS

    Sir, I cannot tell:
    We must proceed as we do find the people.
  • A public place in Antium.
    TULLUS AUFIDIUS enters, with attendants.

    AUFIDIUS

    Go tell the lords of the city that I’m here. Give them this paper. Once they’ve read it, ask them to go to the marketplace. I’ll be there to confirm its truthfulness for them and for the common people. He whom I accuse has entered through the city’s gates and intends to appear before the people, hoping to explain himself with words. Hurry.
    The attendants exit.
    Three or four Conspirators of AUFIDIUS’S faction enter.
    Most welcome!

    FIRST CONSPIRATOR

    How are you, general?

    AUFIDIUS

    Like a man destroyed by his own kindness and killed by his compassion.

    SECOND CONSPIRATOR

    Most noble sir, if you still want to work together, we’ll rid you of your great threat.

    AUFIDIUS

    Sir, I don’t know yet. We must see how the people react.