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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 2, 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 Antony, Caesar; Octavia between them.

ANTONY 
 The world and my great office will sometimes
 Divide me from your bosom.
OCTAVIA  All which time
 Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers
5 To them for you.

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ACT 2. SC. 3

ANTONY, to Caesar  Goodnight, sir.—My Octavia,
 Read not my blemishes in the world’s report.
 I have not kept my square, but that to come
 Shall all be done by th’ rule. Good night, dear
10 lady.—
 Good night, sir.
CAESAR Goodnight.Caesar and Octavia exit.

Enter Soothsayer.

ANTONY 
 Now, sirrah, you do wish yourself in Egypt?
SOOTHSAYER Would I had never come from thence,
15 nor you thither.
ANTONY If you can, your reason?
SOOTHSAYER I see it in my motion, have it not in my
 tongue. But yet hie you to Egypt again.
ANTONY 
 Say to me, whose fortunes shall rise higher,
20 Caesar’s or mine?
SOOTHSAYER Caesar’s.
 Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side.
 Thy dæmon—that thy spirit which keeps thee—is
 Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable,
25 Where Caesar’s is not. But near him, thy angel
 Becomes afeard, as being o’erpowered. Therefore
 Make space enough between you.
ANTONY  Speak this no more.
SOOTHSAYER 
 To none but thee; no more but when to thee.
30 If thou dost play with him at any game,
 Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck
 He beats thee ’gainst the odds. Thy luster thickens
 When he shines by. I say again, thy spirit
 Is all afraid to govern thee near him;
35 But he away, ’tis noble.

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ACT 2. SC. 4

ANTONY  Get thee gone.
 Say to Ventidius I would speak with him.
Soothsayer exits.
 He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap,
 He hath spoken true. The very dice obey him,
40 And in our sports my better cunning faints
 Under his chance. If we draw lots, he speeds;
 His cocks do win the battle still of mine
 When it is all to naught, and his quails ever
 Beat mine, inhooped, at odds. I will to Egypt.
45 And though I make this marriage for my peace,
 I’ th’ East my pleasure lies.

Enter Ventidius.

 O, come, Ventidius.
 You must to Parthia; your commission’s ready.
 Follow me and receive ’t.
They exit.