Scene III

[A street.]

Enter Cinna the poet, and after him the Plebeians.

CINNA:
I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar,
And things unluckily charge my fantasy.
I have no will to wander forth of doors,
Yet something leads me forth.
FIRST CITIZEN:
What is your name?(5)
SECOND CITIZEN:
Whither are you going?
THIRD CITIZEN:
Where do you dwell?
FOURTH CITIZEN:
Are you a married man or a bachelor?
SECOND CITIZEN:
Answer every man directly.
FIRST CITIZEN:
Ay, and briefly.(10)
FOURTH CITIZEN:
Ay, and wisely.
THIRD CITIZEN:
Ay, and truly, you were best.
CINNA:
What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then, to answer
every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly: wisely I say, I am a bachelor.(15)
SECOND CITIZEN:
That's as much as to say, they are fools that marry. You'll bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed directly.
CINNA:
Directly, I am going to Caesar's funeral.
FIRST CITIZEN:
As a friend or an enemy?(20)
CINNA:
As a friend.
SECOND CITIZEN:
That matter is answered directly.
FOURTH CITIZEN:
For your dwelling, briefly.
CINNA:
Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
THIRD CITIZEN:
Your name, sir, truly.(25)
CINNA:
Truly, my name is Cinna.
FIRST CITIZEN:
Tear him to pieces, he's a conspirator.
CINNA:
I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.
FOURTH CITIZEN:
Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his
bad verses.(30)
CINNA:
I am not Cinna the conspirator.
FOURTH CITIZEN:
It is no matter, his name's Cinna. Pluck but
his name out of his heart, and turn him going.
THIRD CITIZEN:
Tear him, tear him! Come, brands, ho, fire-.
brands To Brutus', to Cassius'; burn all. Some to Decius'(35)
house, and some to Casca's, some to Ligarius'. Away, go!

Exeunt all the Plebeians.