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and sent one messenger after another to inquire. At last, after long
expectation and waiting, the strength of her constitution could hold
out no longer; her mind was overcome with her doubts and fears, and
she lost the control of herself, and began to faint away. She had
not time to betake herself to her chamber, but, sitting as she was
amongst her women, a sudden swoon and a great stupor seized her, and
her colour changed, and her speech was quite lost. At this sight her
women made a loud cry, and many of the neighbours running to
Brutus's door to know what was the matter, the report was soon
spread abroad that Porcia was dead; though with her women's help she
recovered in a little while, and came to herself again. When Brutus
received this news, he was extremely troubled, not without reason, yet
was not so carried away by his private grief as to quit his public
purpose.
For now news was brought that Caesar was coming, carried in a
litter. For, being discouraged by the ill-omens that attended his
sacrifice, he had determined to undertake no affairs of any great
importance that day, but to defer them till another time, excusing
himself that he was sick. As soon as he came out of his litter,
Popilius Laenas, he who but a little before had wished Brutus good
success in his undertaking, coming up to him, conversed a great
while with him, Caesar standing still all the while, and seeming to be
very attentive. The conspirators (to give them this name), not being
able to hear what he said, but guessing by what themselves were
conscious of that this conference was the discovery of their
treason, were again disheartened, and, looking upon one another,
agreed from each other's countenances that they should not stay to
be taken, but should all kill themselves. And now when Cassius and
some others were laying hands upon their daggers under their robes,
and were drawing them out, Brutus, viewing narrowly the looks and
gesture of Laenas, and finding that he was earnestly petitioning and
not accusing, said nothing, because there were many strangers to the
conspiracy mingled amongst them: but by a cheerful countenance
encouraged Cassius. And after a little while, Laenas, having kissed
Caesar's hand, went away, showing plainly that all his discourse was
about some particular business relating to himself.
Now when the senate was gone in before to the chamber where they
were to sit, the rest of the company placed themselves close about
Caesar's chair, as if they had some suit to make to him, and
Cassius, turning his face to Pompey's statue, is said to have
invoked it, as if it had been sensible of his prayers. Trebonius, in
the meanwhile, engaged Antony's attention at the door, and kept him in
talk outside. When Caesar entered, the whole senate rose up to him. As
soon as he was sat down, the men all crowded round about him, and
set Tillius Cimber, one of their own number, to intercede in behalf of
his brother that was banished; they all joined their prayers with his,
and took Caesar by the hand, and kissed his head and his breast. But
he putting aside at first their supplications, and afterwards, when he
saw they would not desist, violently rising up, Tillius with both
hands caught hold of his robe and pulled it off from his shoulders,
and Casca, that stood behind him, drawing his dagger, gave him the
first, but a slight wound, about the shoulder. Caesar snatching hold
of the handle of the dagger, and crying out aloud in Latin, "Villain
Casca, what do you?" he, calling in Greek to his brother, bade him
come and help. And by this time, finding himself struck by a great
many hands, and looking around about him to see if he could force
his way out, when he saw Brutus with his dagger drawn against him,
he let go Casca's hand, that he had hold of and covering his head with
his robe, gave up his body to their blows. And they so eagerly pressed
towards the body, and so many daggers were hacking together, that they
cut one another; Brutus, particularly, received a wound in his hand,
and all of them were besmeared with the blood.
Caesar being thus slain, Brutus, stepping forth into the midst,
intended to have made a speech, and called back and encouraged the

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