Looker-On Volume 1-2

Looker-On Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...Julius Caesar was returning. The common people had gathered in the streets to "make holiday to see Caesar, and to rejoice in his triumph." They had decked his images with ceremonies, i.e., with festal ornaments; had hung on them trophies. The Tribunes, seeing in this popular worship of Caesar danger to the Republic, attempted to check the mob. "Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome, To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels? You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things! O you hard, hearts, you cruel men of Rome, Knew Knew you not Pompey?... And do you now put on your best attire T And do you now cull out a holiday? And do you now strew flowers in his way That comes in triumph over Pompey's blood? Be gone!" This rebuke of Marullus is re-enforced by the gentler request of Flavius: "Go, go, good countrymen, and, for this fault, Assemble all the poor men of your sort; Draw them to Tiber banks, and weep your tears Into the channel, till the lowest stream Do kiss the most exalted shores of all. The effect is: "See, whether their basest metal be not moved; They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness." The danger to the Republic exists not only in the fickleness and thoughtlessness of "the fool multitude," but also in the character of Julius Caesar. Shakespeare closes the scene by an intimation of that. Flavius says: "These growing feathers pluck'd from Caesar's wu.g Will make him fly an ordinary pitch, Who else would soar above the view of men And keep us all in servile fearfulness." The very best commentary on this opening scene is the words of Cassius uttered a little later "Those "Those that with haste will make a mighty fire...show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236627539
  • 9781236627537