• Enter BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS

    BRUTUS

    Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this rock.

    CLITUS

    Statilius showed the torchlight but, my lord,
    He came not back. He is or ta'en or slain.

    BRUTUS

    Sit thee down, Clitus. Slaying is the word.
    5It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus.
    (whispers to CLITUS)

    CLITUS

    What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world.

    BRUTUS

    Peace then! No words.

    CLITUS

        I’ll rather kill myself.

    BRUTUS

    Hark thee, Dardanius.
    10 (whispers to DARDANIUS)

    DARDANIUS

        Shall I do such a deed?

    CLITUS

    O Dardanius!

    DARDANIUS

    O Clitus!

    CLITUS

    (aside to DARDANIUS)
    What ill request did Brutus make to thee?

    DARDANIUS

    15 (aside to CLITUS)
    To kill him, Clitus. Look, he meditates.
  • BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS enter.

    BRUTUS

    Come, last of my friends, rest on this rock.

    CLITUS

    Statilius waved the torchlight at us, but he hasn’t come back. He’s been captured or killed.

    BRUTUS

    Sit down, Clitus. Killed, most likely—it’s become a trend. Listen, Clitus. (he whispers to CLITUS)

    CLITUS

    Who, me, my lord? No, not for all the world.

    BRUTUS

    Silence, then! Don’t give it away.

    CLITUS

    I’d rather kill myself.

    BRUTUS

    Listen, Dardanius. (he whispers to DARDANIUS)

    DARDANIUS

    Would I dare do something like that?

    CLITUS

    Oh Dardanius!

    DARDANIUS

    Oh Clitus!

    CLITUS

    (speaking so that only DARDANIUS can hear) What awful thing did Brutus ask of you?

    DARDANIUS

    (speaking so that only CLITUS can hear) To kill him, Clitus. Look, he’s meditating on what to do.