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Why does Caesar tell his wife, Calphurnia, "Stand you directly in Antonius' way When he doth run his course" (1.2.5-6) in scene II?
Caesar wants to create an obstacle for Antony so he does not win the race.
Caesar is somewhat superstitious, believing that this touch by Antony could make Calphurnia fertile.
Caesar wishes to see if Calphurnia will willingly obey his orders and prove herself loyal to her master.
Caesar thinks that the outcome of this will result in Calphurnia's true feelings for Antony to be clear.
Caesar is taunting Antony because he knows of his secret feelings for Calphurnia.