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In Act I, Scene 2, Casca is relaying the events that took place at the Coliseum that day to Cassius and Brutus. Casca explains how Caesar was offered the crown three times, and each time he refused it. The crowd's cheers (for Caesar to take the crown) were so profuse that Caesar, overwhelmed by the crowd's bad breath, choked, fainted, and fell to the ground: "And still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted, and clapped their chapped hands, and threw up their sweaty nightcaps, and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused the crown that it had almost choked Caesar; for he swooned and fell down at it." (I.ii.242-426.The Norton Shakespeare)

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