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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 1, scene 5

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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 5
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian.

CLEOPATRA Charmian!
CHARMIAN Madam?
CLEOPATRA Ha, ha! Give me to drink mandragora.
CHARMIAN Why, madam?
CLEOPATRA 
5 That I might sleep out this great gap of time
 My Antony is away.
CHARMIAN You think of him too much.

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CLEOPATRA 
 O, ’tis treason!
CHARMIAN  Madam, I trust not so.
CLEOPATRA 
10 Thou, eunuch Mardian!
MARDIAN  What’s your Highness’ pleasure?
CLEOPATRA 
 Not now to hear thee sing. I take no pleasure
 In aught an eunuch has. ’Tis well for thee
 That, being unseminared, thy freer thoughts
15 May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections?
MARDIAN Yes, gracious madam.
CLEOPATRA Indeed?
MARDIAN 
 Not in deed, madam, for I can do nothing
 But what indeed is honest to be done.
20 Yet have I fierce affections, and think
 What Venus did with Mars.
CLEOPATRA  O, Charmian,
 Where think’st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he?
 Or does he walk? Or is he on his horse?
25 O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!
 Do bravely, horse, for wot’st thou whom thou
 mov’st?
 The demi-Atlas of this Earth, the arm
 And burgonet of men. He’s speaking now,
30 Or murmuring “Where’s my serpent of old Nile?”
 For so he calls me. Now I feed myself
 With most delicious poison. Think on me
 That am with Phoebus’ amorous pinches black,
 And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar,
35 When thou wast here above the ground, I was
 A morsel for a monarch. And great Pompey
 Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow;
 There would he anchor his aspect, and die
 With looking on his life.

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Enter Alexas from Antony.

ALEXAS 40Sovereign of Egypt, hail!
CLEOPATRA 
 How much unlike art thou Mark Antony!
 Yet coming from him, that great med’cine hath
 With his tinct gilded thee.
 How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?
ALEXAS 45Last thing he did, dear queen,
 He kissed—the last of many doubled kisses—
 This orient pearl. His speech sticks in my heart.
CLEOPATRA 
 Mine ear must pluck it thence.
ALEXAS  “Good friend,” quoth
50 he,
 “Say the firm Roman to great Egypt sends
 This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot,
 To mend the petty present, I will piece
 Her opulent throne with kingdoms. All the East,
55 Say thou, shall call her mistress.” So he nodded
 And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed,
 Who neighed so high that what I would have spoke
 Was beastly dumbed by him.
CLEOPATRA What, was he sad, or merry?
ALEXAS 
60 Like to the time o’ th’ year between th’ extremes
 Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.
CLEOPATRA 
 O, well-divided disposition!—Note him,
 Note him, good Charmian, ’tis the man! But note
 him:
65 He was not sad, for he would shine on those
 That make their looks by his; he was not merry,
 Which seemed to tell them his remembrance lay
 In Egypt with his joy; but between both.

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 O, heavenly mingle!—Be’st thou sad or merry,
70 The violence of either thee becomes,
 So does it no man’s else.—Met’st thou my posts?
ALEXAS 
 Ay, madam, twenty several messengers.
 Why do you send so thick?
CLEOPATRA  Who’s born that day
75 When I forget to send to Antony
 Shall die a beggar.—Ink and paper, Charmian.—
 Welcome, my good Alexas.—Did I, Charmian,
 Ever love Caesar so?
CHARMIAN  O, that brave Caesar!
CLEOPATRA 
80 Be choked with such another emphasis!
 Say “the brave Antony.”
CHARMIAN  The valiant Caesar!
CLEOPATRA 
 By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth
 If thou with Caesar paragon again
85 My man of men.
CHARMIAN  By your most gracious pardon,
 I sing but after you.
CLEOPATRA  My salad days,
 When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
90 To say as I said then. But come, away,
 Get me ink and paper.
 He shall have every day a several greeting,
 Or I’ll unpeople Egypt.
They exit.