The faction or party of Antonius and Octavianus Caesar, against Brutus and Cassius
, held out likewise for a time; but when Brutus and Cassius
were overthrown, then soon after, Antonius and Octavianus brake and subdivided.
The dog with the black nose is Brutus, and the dog with the white nose is Cassius. Did you ever hear who Brutus and Cassius were?
Brutus gluttonously watered at the mouth; and the tongue of Cassius, protruding in unutterable expectation, smoked again between his enormous jaws.
Cassius whined faintly as his fortunate comrade swallowed the savory mess at a gulp.
Once more the old gentleman helped himself largely -- once more he sent her away to the side-table -- once more he tumbled the entire contents of the plate down the dog's throat, selecting Cassius this time, as became a considerate master and an impartial man.
The door opened; the tails of Brutus and Cassius cheerfully thumped the floor; and old Mazey marched straight up to the right-hand side of his master's chair.
Brutus and Cassius stretched themselves on the rug to digest mushrooms and made gravies in the lubricating heat of the fire.
There were Brutus and Cassius digesting before the fire again, and snoring as if they thoroughly enjoyed it.
Brutus pushed his mighty muzzle companionably into her hand; and Cassius laid his friendly fore-paw on her lap.