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Now, since we must not pass over even the slight tokens of character when we are delineating as it were a likeness of the soul, the story goes that on this occasion, when Caesar was eagerly engaged in a great struggle with Cato and the attention of the senate was fixed upon the two men, a little note was brought in from outside to Caesar. Cato tried to fix suspicion upon the matter and alleged that it had something to do with the conspiracy,1 and bade him read the writing aloud. Then Caesar handed the note to Cato, who stood near him.

1 Plutarch's ambiguous words here must be interpreted by comparison with the Brutus, v. 2 f., where the same story is told.

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