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Which he did thrice REFUSE- -Was THIS AMBITION ?
till it come back to me At this point of pause, artfully introduced, the mob exhibits signs of being swayed by the speaker,—they are beginning to veer round again.
1st Cit. Methinks, there is much reason in his sayings.
2nd Cit. If thou consider rightly of the matter, Cæsar had great WRONG 3rd Cit.
Has he masters, I fear there will a worse come in his place. 4th Cit. Marked ye his words - he would not take the
crown Therefore 'tis certain he was not AMBITIOUS
1st Cit. If it be found so, some will dear abide it. 2nd Cit. Poor soul--his eyes are red as fire with WEEPING. 3rd Cit. There's not a nobler man in Rome than AntonY. 4th Cit. Now mark him, he begins again to speak.
The orator perceives the impression he has made, and now addresses himself to their great love for his friend and the memory of Cæsar's former greatness. His tones express profound emotion. But YESTERDAY- -the WORD of Cæsar might Have stood against the world- -NOW-he lies THERE And none so poor to do him reverence O masters! -if I were disposed to stir Your hearts- and minds
-to mutiny and rageI should do BRUTUS wrong and Cassius wrongWho-you all know—are honourable men
I will not do them wrong
I rather choose To wrong the dead
to wrong myself and you-
--with the seal of CÆSAR,
4th Cit. We'll hear the WILL.- -Read it, Mark Antony.
-it will make you MAD-
4th Cit. Read the will—we'll hear it, AntonyYou shall read us the will- -CÆSAR'S will.
Ant. Will you be patient ?- -Will you stay awhile ?--
4th Cit. They were traitors- -HONOURABLE men-
Cit. Come down ! 2nd Cit. Descend !
3rd Cit. You shall have leave. 4th Cit. A ring- -stand round.
Antony. If you have TEARS- -prepare to shed them now-
-and I perceive you feel
as you see with TRAITORS 2nd Cit. We will be revenged1st Cit. Oh piteous spectacle ! 2nd Cit. Oh noble Cæsar! 4th Cit. Oh traitors—VILLAINS !
about--seek-burn-fire-kill-slay- -let not a traitor
live. Ant. Stay-COUNTRYMEN.
1st Cit. Peace there- -hear the noble Antony2nd Cit. We'll hear him-we'll follow him- -we'll die with
And bid THEM speak for me- -But were I Brutus
I COME now to that which, until you have tried it, appears the easiest of all forms of oratory, but which is in truth the most difficult of all, and to which I propose to give the significant name of Social Oratory, meaning by that the speech-makings that are addressed to small parties assembled not for business, but for festive or other social purposes, so large a proportion of which is demanded at one kind of gathering, said to be so peculiarly English, that the title of “Dinner-table Oratory" might have been given to it with almost equal propriety. Doubtless
you will exclaim, “A speech after dinnera toast proposed — thanks returned—surely anybody who can say anything can do that !” You need not try it to be satisfied that it is very much more difficult than
you have thought it to be. Sit at any table where toasts are given and responded to, and seeing what a mess four out of five of the speakers make of it, you will begin to suspect that it is not quite so easy an accomplishment. Vacuity of thought and confusion of