• Manent BRUTUS and CASSIUS, now in the tent

    CASSIUS

    That you have wronged me doth appear in this:
    You have condemned and noted Lucius Pella
    For taking bribes here of the Sardians,
    Wherein my letters, praying on his side
    5Because I knew the man, were slighted off.

    BRUTUS

    You wronged yourself to write in such a case.

    CASSIUS

    In such a time as this it is not meet
    That every nice offense should bear his comment.

    BRUTUS

    Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
    10Are much condemned to have an itching palm,
    To sell and mart your offices for gold
    To undeservers.

    CASSIUS

       I “an itching palm”!
    You know that you are Brutus that speak this,
    Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.

    BRUTUS

    15The name of Cassius honors this corruption,
    And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.

    CASSIUS

    Chastisement!

    BRUTUS

    Remember March, the ides of March remember.
    Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
  • BRUTUS and CASSIUS remain onstage. They are now in their tent.

    CASSIUS

    My evidence that you have wronged me is that you condemned and disgraced Lucius Pella for taking bribes here from the Sardinians, and you ignored my letters, where I argued that he was innocent; I know the man.

    BRUTUS

    You wronged yourself to write on behalf of such a man.

    CASSIUS

    In a time like this, it doesn’t make sense to criticize every offense.

    BRUTUS

    I’ll tell you, Cassius, you yourself have been called greedy and been accused of giving your positions to undeserving men in exchange for gold.

    CASSIUS

    Me, “greedy”! You know, if you were anyone other than Brutus, that speech would be your last.

    BRUTUS

    The name of Cassius gives credit to these corrupt actions, and so they go unpunished.

    CASSIUS

    Unpunished!

    BRUTUS

    Remember March, March 15th. Didn’t great Caesar bleed for the sake of justice?