Read the excerpt below from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.
What said Popillius Laena?
He wished today our enterprise might thrive.
I fear our purpose is discoverèd.
Look how he makes to Caesar. Mark him.
Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.—
Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known,
Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back,
For I will slay myself.
Cassius, be constant.
Popillius Laena speaks not of our purposes,
For look, he smiles, and Caeser doth not change.
Trebonius knows his time, for look you, Brutus,
He draws Mark Antony out of the way.
Where is Metullus Cimber? . . .
He is addressed1. Press near, and second him.
Casca, you are the first that rears your hand
1.already with Caesar
In these lines from act 3.1, the conspirators are preparing to carry out their assassination plot. How does the dialogue between these characters reflect their emotions?
The short, quick exchanges suggest their urgency and anxiety about the plan.
The conspirators have no detailed plan and are working it out as they go.
The conspirators exchange short, quick speeches about their organization of this plan so that no one will overhear them.
The short, quick exchanges suggest great calm and confidence.