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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 1, scene 3



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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 3
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Alexas, and Iras.

 Where is he?
CHARMIAN  I did not see him since.
CLEOPATRA, to Alexas 
 See where he is, who’s with him, what he does.
 I did not send you. If you find him sad,
5 Say I am dancing; if in mirth, report
 That I am sudden sick. Quick, and return.
Alexas exits.
 Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,
 You do not hold the method to enforce
 The like from him.
CLEOPATRA 10 What should I do I do not?
 In each thing give him way; cross him in nothing.
 Thou teachest like a fool: the way to lose him.
 Tempt him not so too far. I wish, forbear.
 In time we hate that which we often fear.

Enter Antony.

15 But here comes Antony.
CLEOPATRA  I am sick and sullen.
 I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose—

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 1. SC. 3

 Help me away, dear Charmian! I shall fall.
 It cannot be thus long; the sides of nature
20 Will not sustain it.
ANTONY  Now, my dearest queen—
 Pray you stand farther from me.
ANTONY  What’s the matter?
 I know by that same eye there’s some good news.
25 What, says the married woman you may go?
 Would she had never given you leave to come.
 Let her not say ’tis I that keep you here.
 I have no power upon you. Hers you are.
 The gods best know—
CLEOPATRA 30 O, never was there queen
 So mightily betrayed! Yet at the first
 I saw the treasons planted.
ANTONY  Cleopatra—
 Why should I think you can be mine, and true—
35 Though you in swearing shake the thronèd gods—
 Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness,
 To be entangled with those mouth-made vows
 Which break themselves in swearing!
ANTONY  Most sweet
40 queen—
 Nay, pray you seek no color for your going,
 But bid farewell and go. When you sued staying,
 Then was the time for words. No going then!
 Eternity was in our lips and eyes,
45 Bliss in our brows’ bent; none our parts so poor
 But was a race of heaven. They are so still,

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 1. SC. 3

 Or thou, the greatest soldier of the world,
 Art turned the greatest liar.
ANTONY  How now, lady?
50 I would I had thy inches. Thou shouldst know
 There were a heart in Egypt.
ANTONY  Hear me, queen:
 The strong necessity of time commands
 Our services awhile, but my full heart
55 Remains in use with you. Our Italy
 Shines o’er with civil swords; Sextus Pompeius
 Makes his approaches to the port of Rome;
 Equality of two domestic powers
 Breed scrupulous faction; the hated grown to
60 strength
 Are newly grown to love; the condemned Pompey,
 Rich in his father’s honor, creeps apace
 Into the hearts of such as have not thrived
 Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten;
65 And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge
 By any desperate change. My more particular,
 And that which most with you should safe my going,
 Is Fulvia’s death.
 Though age from folly could not give me freedom,
70 It does from childishness. Can Fulvia die?
ANTONY She’s dead, my queen.He shows her papers.
 Look here, and at thy sovereign leisure read
 The garboils she awaked; at the last, best,
 See when and where she died.
CLEOPATRA 75 O, most false love!
 Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill
 With sorrowful water? Now I see, I see,
 In Fulvia’s death, how mine received shall be.
 Quarrel no more, but be prepared to know

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 1. SC. 3

80 The purposes I bear, which are or cease
 As you shall give th’ advice. By the fire
 That quickens Nilus’ slime, I go from hence
 Thy soldier, servant, making peace or war
 As thou affects.
CLEOPATRA 85 Cut my lace, Charmian, come!
 But let it be; I am quickly ill and well;
 So Antony loves.
ANTONY  My precious queen, forbear,
 And give true evidence to his love, which stands
90 An honorable trial.
CLEOPATRA  So Fulvia told me.
 I prithee turn aside and weep for her,
 Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears
 Belong to Egypt. Good now, play one scene
95 Of excellent dissembling, and let it look
 Like perfect honor.
ANTONY  You’ll heat my blood. No more!
 You can do better yet, but this is meetly.
 Now by my sword—
CLEOPATRA 100 And target. Still he mends.
 But this is not the best. Look, prithee, Charmian,
 How this Herculean Roman does become
 The carriage of his chafe.
ANTONY I’ll leave you, lady.
CLEOPATRA 105Courteous lord, one word.
 Sir, you and I must part, but that’s not it;
 Sir, you and I have loved, but there’s not it;
 That you know well. Something it is I would—
 O, my oblivion is a very Antony,
110 And I am all forgotten.
ANTONY  But that your Royalty
 Holds idleness your subject, I should take you
 For idleness itself.

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 1. SC. 4

CLEOPATRA  ’Tis sweating labor
115 To bear such idleness so near the heart
 As Cleopatra this. But, sir, forgive me,
 Since my becomings kill me when they do not
 Eye well to you. Your honor calls you hence;
 Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly,
120 And all the gods go with you. Upon your sword
 Sit laurel victory, and smooth success
 Be strewed before your feet.
ANTONY  Let us go. Come.
 Our separation so abides and flies
125 That thou, residing here, goes yet with me,
 And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee.
They exit.