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Act 3, scene 3
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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, 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 Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.

 Where is the fellow?
ALEXAS  Half afeard to come.
 Go to, go to.—Come hither, sir.

Enter the Messenger as before.

ALEXAS  Good Majesty,
5 Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
 But when you are well pleased.
CLEOPATRA  That Herod’s head
 I’ll have! But how, when Antony is gone,
 Through whom I might command it?—Come thou
10 near.
 Most gracious Majesty!
CLEOPATRA  Did’st thou behold Octavia?
 Ay, dread queen.
MESSENGER 15 Madam, in Rome.
 I looked her in the face and saw her led
 Between her brother and Mark Antony.
 Is she as tall as me?
MESSENGER  She is not, madam.
20 Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?
 Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced.
 That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.
 Like her? O Isis, ’tis impossible!

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 3. SC. 3

 I think so, Charmian: dull of tongue, and
25 dwarfish!—
 What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
 If e’er thou looked’st on majesty.
MESSENGER  She creeps.
 Her motion and her station are as one.
30 She shows a body rather than a life,
 A statue than a breather.
CLEOPATRA  Is this certain?
 Or I have no observance.
CHARMIAN  Three in Egypt
35 Cannot make better note.
CLEOPATRA  He’s very knowing.
 I do perceive ’t. There’s nothing in her yet.
 The fellow has good judgment.
CHARMIAN  Excellent.
CLEOPATRA, to Messenger 40Guess at her years, I
MESSENGER Madam, she was a widow.
CLEOPATRA Widow? Charmian, hark.
MESSENGER And I do think she’s thirty.
45 Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is ’t long or round?
MESSENGER Round even to faultiness.
 For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
 Her hair what color?
MESSENGER Brown, madam, and her forehead
50 As low as she would wish it.
CLEOPATRA, giving money  There’s gold for thee.
 Thou must not take my former sharpness ill.
 I will employ thee back again. I find thee
 Most fit for business. Go, make thee ready.
55 Our letters are prepared.Messenger exits.

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 3. SC. 4

CHARMIAN  A proper man.
 Indeed he is so. I repent me much
 That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
 This creature’s no such thing.
CHARMIAN 60 Nothing, madam.
 The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.
 Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend,
 And serving you so long!
 I have one thing more to ask him yet, good
65 Charmian,
 But ’tis no matter. Thou shalt bring him to me
 Where I will write. All may be well enough.
CHARMIAN I warrant you, madam.
They exit.