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Here is the recounting of Caesar dening the crown, as told by Casca to Brutus and Cassius.

CASCA


You pull'd me by the cloak; would you speak with me?



BRUTUS


Ay, Casca; tell us what hath chanced to-day,
That Caesar looks so sad.




CASCA


Why, you were with him, were you not?



BRUTUS


I should not then ask Casca what had chanced.



CASCA


Why, there was a crown offered him: and being
offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand,
thus; and then the people fell a-shouting.




BRUTUS


What was the second noise for?



CASCA


Why, for that too.



CASSIUS


They shouted thrice: what was the last cry for?



CASCA


Why, for that too.



BRUTUS


Was the crown offered him thrice?



CASCA


Ay, marry, was't, and he put it by thrice, every
time gentler than other, and at every putting-by
mine honest neighbours shouted.




CASSIUS


Who offered him the crown?



CASCA


Why, Antony.



BRUTUS


Tell us the manner of it, gentle Casca.



CASCA


I can as well be hanged as tell the manner of it:
it was mere foolery; I did not mark it. I saw Mark
Antony offer him a crown;--yet 'twas not a crown
neither, 'twas one of these coronets;--and, as I told
you, he put it by once: but, for all that, to my
thinking, he would fain have had it. Then he
offered it to him again; then he put it by again:
but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his
fingers off it. And then he offered it the third
time; he put it the third time by: and still as he
refused it, the rabblement hooted and clapped their
chapped hands and threw up their sweaty night-caps
and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because
Caesar refused the crown that it had almost choked
Caesar; for he swounded and fell down at it: and
for mine own part, I durst not laugh, for fear of
opening my lips and receiving the bad air.




CASSIUS


But, soft, I pray you: what, did Caesar swound?



CASCA


He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at
mouth, and was speechless.

William Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar;" Act I, Scene iii: Recounting of Caesar's Denial of the Crown