Julius Caesar himself, a shrewd judge of human character, analyzes Cassius in Act 1, Scene 2, beginning with the words, "Let me have men about me that are fat, / Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep nights. / Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look." According to Caesar, Cassius is a great reader and observer. He is capable of seeing through other men. He has no taste for music or plays. He smiles seldom and--significantly--he smiles in a mocking, cynical way. He is proud and cannot stand the thought of anyone being better than him in any way. He is competitive. And, according to Caesar, whose fate proves him correct, Cassius is "very dangerous." Cassius is also a miser. He apparently abuses and starves his household servants. He is extremely selfish, always thinking about his own advantage. However, he is courageous and highly intelligent, especially in having practical intelligence and understanding of human nature. This is Shakespeare's depiction of Cassius, the character in his play, and not necessarily the real Cassius of Roman history. Shakespeare undoubtedly wanted his Cassius to stand in sharp contrast to his Brutus. They are partners but always in conflict, which enhances the dramatic effect of the play.