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Act 1, scene 1
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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 1, scene 1



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Antony and Cleopatra tells the story of a romance between two powerful lovers: Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, and Mark Antony,…

Act 1, scene 1

Antony refuses to hear the messengers from Rome and declares that nothing matters but his love for Cleopatra.

Act 1, scene 2

Antony learns that Fulvia, his wife, has died. That and other news, especially news of Pompey’s threat to Caesar, make…

Act 1, scene 3

Cleopatra, after accusing Antony of hypocrisy and betrayal, gives him leave to depart from Egypt.

Act 1, scene 4

Octavius Caesar condemns Antony’s behavior in Egypt, and, in the face of attacks by Pompey, Menas, and Menecrates, he wishes…

Act 1, scene 5

Cleopatra receives a pearl and a message from Antony and resolves to send him a letter each day that he’s…

Act 2, scene 1

Pompey learns that Antony has left Egypt for Rome, and fears that Antony and Caesar will unite against him.

Act 2, scene 2

Antony agrees to marry Caesar’s sister Octavia as a way of cementing the newly reestablished bond between the men. Enobarbus…

Act 2, scene 3

Antony promises Octavia that he will henceforth live according to the rule. A Soothsayer advises Antony to keep his distance…

Act 2, scene 4

Lepidus sets off to do battle with Pompey, urging Maecenas and Agrippa to hasten the departures of Antony and Caesar.

Act 2, scene 5

Cleopatra learns of Antony’s marriage and, in her fury, beats the messenger who brought the news.

Act 2, scene 6

In a prebattle conference, Pompey is offered terms by Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus. After Antony thanks Pompey for his earlier…

Act 2, scene 7

At the feast on Pompey’s galley, Pompey refuses the suggestion that he kill his guests and thus become “lord of…

Act 3, scene 1

Having won a victory for Antony, Ventidius explains why it would be politically unwise to achieve further success. We learn…

Act 3, scene 2

Caesar and Octavia take a tearful farewell of each other, and Antony and Octavia depart for Athens.

Act 3, scene 3

Cleopatra is reassured by further description of Octavia.

Act 3, scene 4

At the news of Caesar’s hostile actions, Antony begins to prepare for war, but gives Octavia permission to go to…

Act 3, scene 5

With Caesar having imprisoned Lepidus, Caesar and Antony now divide the rulership of their world. Antony’s navy is prepared to…

Act 3, scene 6

Octavia arrives in Rome, to be told that Antony has left Athens for Egypt.

Act 3, scene 7

Over the pleading of his soldiers and officers and encouraged by Cleopatra, Antony decides to fight Caesar by sea.

Act 3, scene 8

Caesar orders his army to provoke no battle by land.

Act 3, scene 9

Antony sets his squadrons.

Act 3, scene 10

Antony turns his ship in mid-battle to follow Cleopatra’s flight. His officers begin to desert.

Act 3, scene 11

Antony, in despair over his action, accuses Cleopatra but then forgives her.

Act 3, scene 12

Caesar refuses to grant Antony’s petition for clemency, but he agrees to hear Cleopatra’s suit if she will banish or…

Act 3, scene 13

Antony has Thidias whipped for kissing Cleopatra’s hand, then makes plans to renew his battle with Caesar. Enobarbus decides to…

Act 4, scene 1

Caesar mocks Antony’s challenge to single combat and prepares for battle.

Act 4, scene 2

Antony asks his servants to tend him for a few more hours.

Act 4, scene 3

Antony’s soldiers standing guard hear music indicating that the god Hercules is leaving Antony.

Act 4, scene 4

Cleopatra and Eros arm Antony for battle.

Act 4, scene 5

Antony learns that Enobarbus has left, and sends Enobarbus’ chest and treasure to him in Caesar’s camp.

Act 4, scene 6

Enobarbus, faced with Caesar’s callousness and Antony’s generosity, realizes the magnitude of his fault in deserting Antony.

Act 4, scene 7

Antony and his soldiers rejoice in a victory.

Act 4, scene 8

Antony orders a march through Alexandria to celebrate their victory.

Act 4, scene 9

Enobarbus dies expressing his remorse for turning his back on Antony.

Act 4, scene 10

Antony places himself so that he can watch his galleys doing battle at sea.

Act 4, scene 11

Caesar orders his land forces to remain quiet unless attacked.

Act 4, scene 12

Antony watches as his ships desert him and join Caesar’s. He vows to kill Cleopatra, on whom he blames this…

Act 4, scene 13

Cleopatra, in terror, flees to her monument and sends Antony word that she is dead.

Act 4, scene 14

Antony, receiving the news that Cleopatra has taken her own life, orders Eros to kill him. Eros instead kills himself….

Act 4, scene 15

Antony is pulled up into the monument, where he dies.

Act 5, scene 1

Caesar expresses grief for Antony’s death. Fearing that Cleopatra will kill herself and thus prevent his displaying her in his…

Act 5, scene 2

While Proculeius is delivering Caesar’s message of comfort to Cleopatra, other of Caesar’s soldiers surprise and capture her. Dolabella enters…

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Scene 1
Enter Demetrius and Philo.

 Nay, but this dotage of our general’s
 O’erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes,
 That o’er the files and musters of the war
 Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
5 The office and devotion of their view
 Upon a tawny front. His captain’s heart,
 Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
 The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper
 And is become the bellows and the fan
10 To cool a gypsy’s lust.

Flourish. Enter Antony, Cleopatra, her Ladies, the Train,
with Eunuchs fanning her.

 Look where they come.
 Take but good note, and you shall see in him
 The triple pillar of the world transformed
 Into a strumpet’s fool. Behold and see.
15 If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
 There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
 I’ll set a bourn how far to be beloved.

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 1. SC. 1

 Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 20News, my good lord, from Rome.
ANTONY Grates me, the sum.
CLEOPATRA Nay, hear them, Antony.
 Fulvia perchance is angry. Or who knows
 If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
25 His powerful mandate to you: “Do this, or this;
 Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that.
 Perform ’t, or else we damn thee.”
ANTONY  How, my love?
CLEOPATRA Perchance? Nay, and most like.
30 You must not stay here longer; your dismission
 Is come from Caesar. Therefore hear it, Antony.
 Where’s Fulvia’s process? Caesar’s, I would say—
 Call in the messengers. As I am Egypt’s queen,
35 Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine
 Is Caesar’s homager; else so thy cheek pays shame
 When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!
 Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch
 Of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space.
40 Kingdoms are clay. Our dungy earth alike
 Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life
 Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
 And such a twain can do ’t, in which I bind,
 On pain of punishment, the world to weet
45 We stand up peerless.
CLEOPATRA  Excellent falsehood!
 Why did he marry Fulvia and not love her?
 I’ll seem the fool I am not. Antony
 Will be himself.

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 1. SC. 2

ANTONY 50 But stirred by Cleopatra.
 Now for the love of Love and her soft hours,
 Let’s not confound the time with conference harsh.
 There’s not a minute of our lives should stretch
 Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
55 Hear the ambassadors.
ANTONY  Fie, wrangling queen,
 Whom everything becomes—to chide, to laugh,
 To weep; whose every passion fully strives
 To make itself, in thee, fair and admired!
60 No messenger but thine, and all alone
 Tonight we’ll wander through the streets and note
 The qualities of people. Come, my queen,
 Last night you did desire it. To the Messenger.
 Speak not to us.
Antony and Cleopatra exit with the Train.
65 Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?
 Sir, sometimes when he is not Antony
 He comes too short of that great property
 Which still should go with Antony.
DEMETRIUS  I am full sorry
70 That he approves the common liar who
 Thus speaks of him at Rome; but I will hope
 Of better deeds tomorrow. Rest you happy!
They exit.