In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, what does Portia demand in the dialogue with Brutus in Act 2, Scene 1?

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In Scene I of Act II, Portia knows Brutus is involved in something big and believes he is hiding a secret from her.  She confronts Brutus and asks him what has been troubling him.  Brutus dismisses Portia and says he just hasn't been feeling well lately.  Portia knows that is not the truth and continues to prod him deeper.  When he continues to deny her access to his thoughts, she accuses Brutus of treating her more like a whore than a beloved and respected wife.  Their conversation is then broken up by a knock on the door.  Brutus goes to the door, but assures Portia her demand for confidence will be met and he will soon confide in her about everything that is going on.

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