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  1. Oct 2017
    1. And then, I grant, we put a sting in him,          That at his will he may do danger with

      Direct statement: Brutus thinks Caesar will be dangerous if given the power of the crown.

    2. for he loves to hear   o'ersway him make him change his mind       That unicorns may be betray'd with trees,   betray'd captured by trickery >>> 2.1.205      And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,

      Basically Caesar believes everything he hears.

    3. But honours you; and every one doth wish          You had but that opinion of yourself   You had but you only had       Which every noble Roman bears of you.

      Cassius is flattering Brutus again to get him to agree to his plan.

    4. hideous

      A tone word that shows an attitude of unease and maybe revulsion on Brutus' part.

    5. Enter the conspirators, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS,            CINNA, METELLUS [CIMBER], and TREBONIUS.

      Plotline: The conspirators are now actually going to plan to kill Caesar--part of the rising action of the play.

    6. Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies,   figures imaginings       Which busy care draws in the brains of men;   busy care insistent worries       Therefore thou sleep'st so sound.

      "You have none of the imagination or worries of other adults, that's why you sleep so well."

    7.   Caius Ligarius doth bear Caesar hard,   bear . . . hard hold a grudge against       Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey:

      "Caius Ligarius dislikes Caesar because Caesar criticized him for complimenting Pompey."

    8. For I can give his humour the true bent,   humour disposition | true bent right direction >>>       And I will bring him to the Capitol.

      "I can persuade him to come to the Capitol."

    9. And with a heart new-fired I follow you,          To do I know not what: but it sufficeth          That Brutus leads me on.      

      "Whatever we have to do, I'm excited to follow you Brutus!"

    10. By all the gods that Romans bow before,          I here discard my sickness! Soul of Rome!          Brave son, derived from honourable loins!

      "I'll ignore my sickness for my love of Rome!"

    11.   Let not our looks put on our purposes,

      "Make sure your face doesn't give away our plan."

    12. Whether Caesar will come forth to-day, or no;    2.1.195      For he is superstitious grown of late,          Quite from the main opinion he held once   Quite from the main opinion contrary to the       Of fantasy, of dreams and ceremonies:

      "He might not come: he's been acting weird lately."

    13. Stir up their servants to an act of rage,   servants metaphorically: hands; passions       And after seem to chide 'em. This shall make   chide reprove, scold | 'em them       Our purpose necessary and not envious:   make i.e., appear to make       Which so appearing to the common eyes,   envious malicious, spiteful 2.1.180      We shall be call'd purgers, not murderers.   common eyes opinion of the general populace       And for Mark Antony, think not of him;   purgers healers, purifiers >>>       For he can do no more than Caesar's arm          When Caesar's head is off.      

      "We need to make it seem like we really didn't want to do it, so no one gets upset. Also, I don't think Antony is a problem without Caesar."

    14. Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods,          Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds:

      "Kill him the right way, not just to kill."

    15. Mark Antony, so well beloved of Caesar,          Should outlive Caesar: we shall find of him   find of him find that he is       A shrewd contriver; and, you know, his means,   shrewd contriver malicious schemer       If he improve them, may well stretch so far   means resources (such as wealth and reputation) 2.1.160      As to annoy us all: which to prevent,   improve them take advantage of them       Let Antony and Caesar fall together.

      "We'll kill him too, since he might cause us trouble later on."

    16. It shall be said, his judgment ruled our hands;          Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,   no whit not at all       But all be buried in his gravity.

      "He'll make it seem like we aren't young and dumb."

    17. To think that or our cause or our performance   or . . . or either . . . or       Did need an oath; when every drop of blood          That every Roman bears, and nobly bears,          Is guilty of a several bastardy,   several individual (In a Roman who does not       If he do break the smallest particle   keep his word, each drop of blood is guilty of 2.1.140      Of any promise that hath pass'd from him.

      "We don't need an oath because Romans are trustworthy."

    18. No, not an oath: if not the face of men,   the face (troubled) expressions 2.1.115      The sufferance of our souls, the time's abuse—   sufferance suffering | the time's abuse the cor-       If these be motives weak, break off betimes,   ruption of these times | betimes immediately       And every man hence to his idle bed;

      "No don't swear--if you don't feel strongly about this already, just go home."

    19. He first presents his fire; and the high east   the high east due east       Stands, as the Capitol, directly here.

      "The sun is rising in the east, right behind the Capitol."

    20. Hide it in smiles and affability:

      "Pretend to act happy and friendly"

    21. Shamest thou to show thy dangerous brow by night,          When evils are most free?

      "Why are we hiding in the dark, when people will be suspicious?"

    22. No, sir; their hats are pluck'd about their ears,   pluck'd about pulled down over       And half their faces buried in their cloaks,    2.1.75      That by no means I may discover them   discover recognize, identify       By any mark of favour.

      "They're covering their faces, so I don't know who they are."

    23. The Genius and the mortal instruments   Genius guiding spirit, characteristic       Are then in council;

      "My spirit and body are in agreement."

    24. If the redress will follow, thou receivest   the redress i.e., the restoration of the Roman       Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!

      "Sure Rome, if it helps correct Rome's problems, I'll definitely answer your call with myself."

    25. March is wasted fourteen days.

      "Today is March 15th."

    26. And therefore think him as a serpent's egg          Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,   as his kind according to his nature       And kill him in the shell.

      "Nip it in the bud, just in case."

    27. I have not known when his affections sway'd   affections sway'd passions ruled (him)       More than his reason.

      "I don't think his his emotions have ever been more easily changed than his logic."

    28. The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins          Remorse from power:

      People abuse their power and status when they don't feel the consequences of their actions, like regret or guilt.

    29. It must be by his death: and for my part,   his i.e., Caesar's       I know no personal cause to spurn at him,   spurn kick       But for the general. He would be crown'd:   the general the common good       How that might change his nature, there's the question.

      Brutus: "I don't really have a reason to kill him, but he wants to be king and that might change him.

    30. Exit [LUCIUS]

      So basically Brutus wakes up, can't tell what time it is, so he wakes up his servant Lucius and asks for a candle.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. Miss Amazing is a pageant for girls and young women with learning disabilities. In the 10 years since it began, 1,700 girls and young women with disabilities have taken part.Pageant Has Spread To More Than 30 States

      The author should explain why these girls need a special pageant though. How do their learning disabilities make it harder for them to succeed in a regular pageant?

    2. Miss Amazing was started in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2007 by a teenage girl named Jordan Somer

      I wonder why she decided to start the pageant. Where did she get the idea from?

    3. Vanessa told the judges about her Guatemalan birth mother's struggles to help her with her disabilities and about how much adoption changed her life for the better.

      That's so amazing! I feel so happy for her because her life is so much better now than it probably could have been in Guatemala.

    1. We’ve all created our own personal histories, marked by highs and lows, that we share with the world — and we can shape them to live with more meaning and purpose.

      I wonder why the author decided to write about this particular topic. Maybe they have struggled with their own personal history.

    2. A third might leave the experience out of his story altogether, deeming it unimportant.

      Basically the author seems to be saying that the choices you make about how you view your past have as much of an effect on you as your actual past.

    3. when we want to know who another person is, we ask them to share part of their story.

      This is pretty difficult for me sometimes: the more people know me, the easier it is for them to hurt me.

    4. your own personal myth.

      I'm not sure how I agree with this phrase--myths aren't necessarily true and lives are, right?

    5. coherence, psychologists say, is a key source of meaning.

      This is confusing--how does anyone know the meaning of life?

    6. We are all storytellers

      As an English teacher, I know that pretty much anything can be looked at as a narrative--a story