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Act 2, scene 1
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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 2, 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 Pompey, Menecrates, and Menas,
in warlike manner.

 If the great gods be just, they shall assist
 The deeds of justest men.
MENAS  Know, worthy Pompey,
 That what they do delay they not deny.
5 Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
 The thing we sue for.
MENAS  We, ignorant of ourselves,
 Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
 Deny us for our good; so find we profit
10 By losing of our prayers.
POMPEY  I shall do well.
 The people love me, and the sea is mine;
 My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope
 Says it will come to th’ full. Mark Antony
15 In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
 No wars without doors. Caesar gets money where
 He loses hearts. Lepidus flatters both,
 Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,
 Nor either cares for him.
MENAS 20 Caesar and Lepidus
 Are in the field. A mighty strength they carry.

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 2. SC. 1

 Where have you this? ’Tis false.
MENAS  From Silvius, sir.
 He dreams. I know they are in Rome together,
25 Looking for Antony. But all the charms of love,
 Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wanned lip!
 Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both;
 Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts;
 Keep his brain fuming. Epicurean cooks
30 Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite,
 That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honor
 Even till a Lethe’d dullness—

Enter Varrius.

 How now, Varrius?
 This is most certain that I shall deliver:
35 Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
 Expected. Since he went from Egypt ’tis
 A space for farther travel.
POMPEY I could have given less matter
 A better ear.—Menas, I did not think
40 This amorous surfeiter would have donned his helm
 For such a petty war. His soldiership
 Is twice the other twain. But let us rear
 The higher our opinion, that our stirring
 Can from the lap of Egypt’s widow pluck
45 The ne’er lust-wearied Antony.
MENAS  I cannot hope
 Caesar and Antony shall well greet together.
 His wife that’s dead did trespasses to Caesar;
 His brother warred upon him, although I think
50 Not moved by Antony.
POMPEY  I know not, Menas,

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 2. SC. 2

 How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
 Were ’t not that we stand up against them all,
 ’Twere pregnant they should square between
55 themselves,
 For they have entertainèd cause enough
 To draw their swords. But how the fear of us
 May cement their divisions and bind up
 The petty difference, we yet not know.
60 Be ’t as our gods will have ’t. It only stands
 Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
 Come, Menas.
They exit.