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Decius Brutus

The Snare of Vanity

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In Act 2, Scene 1 of Julius Caesar, Decius Brutus uses “betrayed” to mean fooled, tricked or misled. A person can escape a unicorn by hiding behind a tree; a bear can be misled by seeing itself in a mirror; an elephant can be tricked into falling into a hole; a lion caught in a trap; and men seduced by flatterers.
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Shall no man else be touched, but only Caesar?

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Decius
Shall no man else be touched, but only Caesar?
Cassius
Decius, well urged. I think it is not meet
Mark Antony, so well beloved of Caesar,
Should outlive Caesar. We shall find of him
A shrewd contriver; and, you know, his means,
If he improve them, may well stretch so far
As to annoy us all;
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 167

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Never fear that

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Trebonius
’Tis time to part.
Cassius
But it is doubtful yet
Whether Caesar will come forth today or no,
For he is superstitious grown of late,
Quite from the main opinion he held once
Of fantasy, of dreams, and ceremonies.

I can o’ersway him, for he loves to hear
That unicorns may be betrayed with trees,
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 209

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The Snare of Vanity

Fates, we will know your pleasures

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Brutus
Fates, we will know your pleasures.Personification
That we shall die, we know, ’tis but the time,
And drawing days out, that men stand upon.
Casca
Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life
Cuts off so many years of fearing death.
Brutus
Grant that,
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Act 3
Scene 1
Line 109

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