Act 5 - Scene 6
Antium. A public place.
Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, with Attendants
Go tell the lords o' the city I am here:
Deliver them this paper: having read it,
Bid them repair to the market
place; where I,
Even in theirs and in the commons' ears,
Will vouch the truth of it. Him I accuse
ports by this hath enter'd and
Intends to appear before the people, hoping
To purge herself with words: dispatch.
Enter three or four Conspirators of AUFIDIUS' faction
How is it with our general?
As with a man by his own alms empoison'd,
And with his charity slain.
Most noble sir,
If you do hold the same intent wherein
You wish'd us parties, we'll deliver you
Of your great
Sir, I cannot tell:
We must proceed as we do find the people.
The people will remain uncertain whilst
'Twixt you there's difference; but the fall of either
Makes the survivor
heir of all.
I know it;
And my pretext to strike at him admits
A good construction. I raised him, and I pawn'd
honour for his truth: who being so heighten'd,
He water'd his new plants with dews of flattery,
so my friends; and, to this end,
He bow'd his nature, never known before
But to be rough, unswayable and
Sir, his stoutness
When he did stand for consul, which he lost
By lack of stooping,
That I would have spoke of:
Being banish'd for't, he came unto my hearth;
Presented to my knife his throat: I
Made him joint-servant with me; gave him way
In all his own desires; nay, let him choose
of my files, his projects to accomplish,
My best and freshest men; served his designments
In mine own
person; holp to reap the fame
Which he did end all his; and took some pride
To do myself this wrong: till,
at the last,
I seem'd his follower, not partner, and
He waged me with his countenance, as if
I had been
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