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Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0326  Thursday, 20 February 2003

[1]     From:   Himadri Chatterjee <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 12:56:13 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0313 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 14:10:27 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0313 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist


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From:           Himadri Chatterjee <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 12:56:13 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 14.0313 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0313 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist

Steve Sohmer: "First, a mea culpa ... for allowing my spell-checker to
turn Cassius into a casuist with an affinity for cassias."

And my apologies for forgetting to correct this obvious slip when
quoting this passage!

Yours with a red face,
Himadri

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 14:10:27 -0500
Subject: 14.0313 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0313 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist

>As for Brutus' pretending that he had not heard of his wife's death:
><snip>.  There are several ways of interpreting this scene, none of
>them injurious to Brutus' character. After all, what could Brutus have
>hoped to gain by lying on this point?

The admiration of Messala and Titinius for his steadfast stoicism.  Note
that Cassius has told Brutus: "Of your philosophy you make no use / If
you give place to accidental evils" and Brutus then tells him "No man
bears sorrow better -- Portia is dead.

>nothing he did was in self-interest

Oh?  Who would have been elected first consul, dictator, or whatever, if
the Second Triumvirate had been defeated?

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