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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, scene 11

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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 11
Enter Antony with Attendants.

ANTONY 
 Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon ’t.
 It is ashamed to bear me. Friends, come hither.
 I am so lated in the world that I
 Have lost my way forever. I have a ship
5 Laden with gold. Take that, divide it. Fly,
 And make your peace with Caesar.
ALL  Fly? Not we!
ANTONY 
 I have fled myself and have instructed cowards
 To run and show their shoulders. Friends, begone.
10 I have myself resolved upon a course
 Which has no need of you. Begone.
 My treasure’s in the harbor; take it. O,
 I followed that I blush to look upon!
 My very hairs do mutiny, for the white
15 Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
 For fear and doting. Friends, begone. You shall
 Have letters from me to some friends that will
 Sweep your way for you. Pray you look not sad,
 Nor make replies of loathness. Take the hint
20 Which my despair proclaims. Let that be left
 Which leaves itself. To the seaside straightway!
 I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
 Leave me, I pray, a little—pray you, now,
 Nay, do so—for indeed I have lost command.
25 Therefore I pray you—I’ll see you by and by.
Attendants move aside. Antony sits down.

Enter Cleopatra led by Charmian, Iras, and Eros.

EROS 
 Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.

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ACT 3. SC. 11

IRAS Do, most dear queen.
CHARMIAN Do! Why, what else?
CLEOPATRA Let me sit down. O Juno!She sits down.
ANTONY 30No, no, no, no, no.
EROS See you here, sir?
ANTONY Oh fie, fie, fie!
CHARMIAN Madam.
IRAS Madam, O good empress!
EROS 35Sir, sir—
ANTONY 
 Yes, my lord, yes. He at Philippi kept
 His sword e’en like a dancer, while I struck
 The lean and wrinkled Cassius, and ’twas I
 That the mad Brutus ended. He alone
40 Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
 In the brave squares of war, yet now—no matter.
CLEOPATRA 
 Ah, stand by.
EROS  The Queen, my lord, the Queen.
IRAS 
 Go to him, madam; speak to him.
45 He’s unqualitied with very shame.
CLEOPATRA, rising Well, then, sustain me. O!
EROS 
 Most noble sir, arise. The Queen approaches.
 Her head’s declined, and death will seize her but
 Your comfort makes the rescue.
ANTONY 50I have offended reputation,
 A most unnoble swerving.
EROS  Sir, the Queen.
ANTONY, rising 
 O, whither hast them led me, Egypt? See
 How I convey my shame out of thine eyes,
55 By looking back what I have left behind
 ’Stroyed in dishonor.

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ACT 3. SC. 12

CLEOPATRA  O, my lord, my lord,
 Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
 You would have followed.
ANTONY 60 Egypt, thou knew’st too well
 My heart was to thy rudder tied by th’ strings,
 And thou shouldst tow me after. O’er my spirit
 Thy full supremacy thou knew’st, and that
 Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
65 Command me.
CLEOPATRA  O, my pardon!
ANTONY  Now I must
 To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
 And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
70 With half the bulk o’ th’ world played as I pleased,
 Making and marring fortunes. You did know
 How much you were my conqueror, and that
 My sword, made weak by my affection, would
 Obey it on all cause.
CLEOPATRA 75 Pardon, pardon!
ANTONY 
 Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates
 All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss.They kiss.
 Even this repays me.—
 We sent our schoolmaster. Is he come back?—
80 Love, I am full of lead.—Some wine
 Within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
 We scorn her most when most she offers blows.
They exit.