What does the soothsayer tell Portia?


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In William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar," the soothsayer tells Portia that he has a message to give to Caesar. Though the soothsayer does not say precisely what the message contains, he implies strongly that it is a very important matter.

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Portia is wife to Brutus, one of the main members of the conspiracy plotting to kill Julius Caesar. The night before the planned assassination, he tells his wife of his plans. In Act II, Scene IV, which takes place the next morning, Portia frets outside, nervous about her husband's planned actions. She sends a servant, Lucius, to the Capitol but initially forgets to give him an errand because of her anxiety. At that point, a soothsayer walks by. Portia asks him the time and then whether Caesar has yet gone to the Capitol. He has not, responds the soothsayer, who is trying to find a place where he can stop and talk to Caesar. Portia asks him why, to which the soothsayer responds that he "shall beseech him to befriend himself." When Portia asks if the soothsayer knows of any planned danger for Caesar, he responds, "None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance." Then, he heads to a place where the street is less crowded to wait for Caesar to pass by. Portia becomes even more anxious, going inside to wait for her servant's report on Brutus's actions.

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