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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, scene 2

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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 2
Enter Agrippa at one door, Enobarbus at another.

AGRIPPA What, are the brothers parted?
ENOBARBUS 
 They have dispatched with Pompey; he is gone.
 The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps
 To part from Rome. Caesar is sad, and Lepidus,
5 Since Pompey’s feast, as Menas says, is troubled
 With the greensickness.

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AGRIPPA  ’Tis a noble Lepidus.
ENOBARBUS 
 A very fine one. O, how he loves Caesar!
AGRIPPA 
 Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony!
ENOBARBUS 
10 Caesar? Why, he’s the Jupiter of men.
AGRIPPA 
 What’s Antony? The god of Jupiter.
ENOBARBUS 
 Spake you of Caesar? How, the nonpareil!
AGRIPPA 
 O Antony, O thou Arabian bird!
ENOBARBUS 
 Would you praise Caesar, say “Caesar.” Go no
15 further.
AGRIPPA 
 Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises.
ENOBARBUS 
 But he loves Caesar best, yet he loves Antony.
 Hoo, hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets,
 cannot
20 Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number—hoo!—
 His love to Antony. But as for Caesar,
 Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.
AGRIPPA  Both he loves.
ENOBARBUS 
 They are his shards and he their beetle.
Trumpet within.
25 So,
 This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.
AGRIPPA 
 Good fortune, worthy soldier, and farewell.

Enter Caesar, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavia.

ANTONY No further, sir.

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CAESAR 
 You take from me a great part of myself.
30 Use me well in ’t.—Sister, prove such a wife
 As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest bond
 Shall pass on thy approof.—Most noble Antony,
 Let not the piece of virtue which is set
 Betwixt us, as the cement of our love
35 To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
 The fortress of it. For better might we
 Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
 This be not cherished.
ANTONY  Make me not offended
40 In your distrust.
CAESAR  I have said.
ANTONY  You shall not find,
 Though you be therein curious, the least cause
 For what you seem to fear. So the gods keep you,
45 And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends.
 We will here part.
CAESAR 
 Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well.
 The elements be kind to thee and make
 Thy spirits all of comfort. Fare thee well.
OCTAVIA 50My noble brother.She weeps.
ANTONY 
 The April’s in her eyes. It is love’s spring,
 And these the showers to bring it on.—Be cheerful.
OCTAVIA, to Caesar 
 Sir, look well to my husband’s house, and—
CAESAR 
 What, Octavia?
OCTAVIA 55 I’ll tell you in your ear.
Caesar and Octavia walk aside.
ANTONY 
 Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can

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 Her heart inform her tongue—the swan’s-down
 feather
 That stands upon the swell at the full of tide
60 And neither way inclines.
ENOBARBUS, aside to Agrippa Will Caesar weep?
AGRIPPA He has a cloud in ’s face.
ENOBARBUS 
 He were the worse for that were he a horse;
 So is he being a man.
AGRIPPA 65 Why, Enobarbus,
 When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,
 He cried almost to roaring. And he wept
 When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.
ENOBARBUS 
 That year indeed he was troubled with a rheum.
70 What willingly he did confound he wailed,
 Believe ’t, till I wept too.
CAESAR, coming forward with Octavia  No, sweet Octavia,
 You shall hear from me still. The time shall not
 Outgo my thinking on you.
ANTONY 75 Come, sir, come,
 I’ll wrestle with you in my strength of love.
 Look, here I have you, thus I let you go,
 And give you to the gods.
CAESAR  Adieu, be happy.
LEPIDUS, to Antony 
80 Let all the number of the stars give light
 To thy fair way.
CAESAR  Farewell, farewell.Kisses Octavia.
ANTONY  Farewell.
Trumpets sound. They exit.