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Julius Caesar

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Caesar's Will for His People

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Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it.
It is not meet you know how Caesar loves you.
You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
And being men, hearing the will of Caesar,
It will inflame you, it will make you mad.
'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs;
For if you should, O, what would come of it? (3.2.139-145)

What is the significance of the above quote?

A

Antony's admittance to the commoners being named Caesar's heirs in his will was done intentionally to sway the commoners away from supporting the conspirators.

B

Antony releases information that he purposely said he would withhold in order to satisfy the Plebeians and regain their support.

C

Antony increases his support by by implying that the will of Caesar was dedicated the good of Rome and its citizens.

D

Choices A and C only

E

All Choices are applicable