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|ACT V SCENE II ||The same. The field of battle.|| |
| ||Alarum. Enter BRUTUS and MESSALA.|| |
|BRUTUS ||Ride, ride, Messala, ride, and give these bills|| |
| ||Unto the legions on the other side.|| |
| ||Loud alarum.|| |
| ||Let them set on at once; for I perceive|| |
| ||But cold demeanor in Octavius' wing,|
| ||And sudden push gives them the overthrow.|| 5|| |
| ||Ride, ride, Messala: let them all come down.|| |
| ||Exeunt|| |
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Explanatory Notes for Act 5, Scene 2
From Julius Caesar. Ed. Samuel Thurber. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Alarum: notes on a bugle or horn; a call to arms. This older form of "alarm" is common in Shakespeare. See opening of Scene 3.
1. bills: notes, dispatches. This is the word used by Plutarch in the "Life of Brutus."
2. on the other side. That is, on the left wing which was commanded by Cassius.
4. cold demeanor: a lifeless, indifferent manner.
How to cite the explanatory notes and scene questions:
Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. Ed. Samuel Thurber. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1919. Shakespeare Online. 26 Feb. 2013. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/julius_5_2.html >.
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