• Enter ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS

    ANTONY

    These many, then, shall die. Their names are pricked.

    OCTAVIUS

    (to LEPIDUS)
    Your brother too must die. Consent you, Lepidus?

    LEPIDUS

    I do consent—

    OCTAVIUS

       Prick him down, Antony.

    LEPIDUS

    5Upon condition Publius shall not live,
    Who is your sister’s son, Mark Antony.

    ANTONY

    He shall not live. Look, with a spot I damn him.
    But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar’s house.
    Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine
    10How to cut off some charge in legacies.

    LEPIDUS

    What, shall I find you here?

    OCTAVIUS

    Or here, or at the Capitol.
    Exit LEPIDUS

    ANTONY

    This is a slight, unmeritable man,
    Meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit,
    15The threefold world divided, he should stand
    One of the three to share it?
  • ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS enter.

    ANTONY

    These ones, then, will be assassinated. Their names are marked.

    OCTAVIUS

    (to LEPIDUS) Your brother has to die too. Do you agree, Lepidus?

    LEPIDUS

    I agree—

    OCTAVIUS

    Put a mark next to his name too, Antony.

    LEPIDUS

    On the condition that your sister’s son, Publius, also must die, Mark Antony.

    ANTONY

    He will die. See—I’ve sealed his fate with this mark next to his name. But, Lepidus, go to Caesar’s house. Bring his will here, and we’ll figure out a way to reduce his bequests to the people.

    LEPIDUS

    Will you be here when I return?

    OCTAVIUS

    Either here or at the Capitol.
    LEPIDUS exits.

    ANTONY

    He’s an unremarkable man, fit only to be sent on errands. Does it really make sense, once we divide the world into three parts, that he should be one of the three rulers?