• Drum. Enter BRUTUS with LUCIUS, LUCILLIUS, and the army. TITINIUS and PINDARUS meet them

    BRUTUS

    Stand, ho!

    LUCILLIUS

    Give the word, ho, and stand.

    BRUTUS

    What now, Lucillius? Is Cassius near?

    LUCILLIUS

    He is at hand, and Pindarus is come
    5To do you salutation from his master.

    BRUTUS

    He greets me well.—Your master, Pindarus,
    In his own change or by ill officers
    Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
    Things done, undone. But if he be at hand
    10I shall be satisfied.

    PINDARUS

        I do not doubt
    But that my noble master will appear
    Such as he is, full of regard and honor.

    BRUTUS

    He is not doubted.—A word, Lucillius.
    (takes LUCILLIUS aside)
    15How he received you, let me be resolved.

    LUCILLIUS

    With courtesy and with respect enough.
    But not with such familiar instances
    Nor with such free and friendly conference
    As he hath used of old.

    BRUTUS

        Thou hast described
    20A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Lucillius,
    When love begins to sicken and decay,
    It useth an enforcèd ceremony.
    There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.
    But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
    25Make gallant show and promise of their mettle.
  • A drum plays. BRUTUS, LUCILLIUS, LUCIUS, and SOLDIERS enter. TITINIUS and PINDARUS meet them.

    BRUTUS

    Stop.

    LUCILLIUS

    Pass on the command to halt!

    BRUTUS

    What’s happening now, Lucillius? Is Cassius nearby?

    LUCILLIUS

    He’s nearby, and Pindarus has come to salute you on behalf of his master.

    BRUTUS

    He sends his greetings through a good man. Your master, Pindarus, either because he’s changed his mind or been influenced by bad officers, has made me wish we hadn’t done some of the things we did. If he’s nearby, I want an explanation.

    PINDARUS

    I have no doubt that my noble master will prove himself to be what he is: honorable and noble.

    BRUTUS

    I don’t doubt him. Can I have a word with you, Lucillius? (takes LUCILLIUS aside) Tell me how Cassius treated you. Put my mind at rest.

    LUCILLIUS

    He received me with courtesy and sufficient respect, but not with affection, nor with as much open and friendly conversation as he once greeted me.

    BRUTUS

    You’ve described a warm friend who’s cooling off. Remember this, Lucillius. When a friend starts to get sick of you, he treats you artificially. Plain and simple loyalty doesn’t make anyone act phony. But insincere men, like horses who are too lively at the start of a race, make a big show of their spirit.