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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, scene 6



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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 6
Enter Agrippa, Maecenas, and Caesar.

 Contemning Rome, he has done all this and more
 In Alexandria. Here’s the manner of ’t:
 I’ th’ marketplace, on a tribunal silvered,
 Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
5 Were publicly enthroned. At the feet sat
 Caesarion, whom they call my father’s son,
 And all the unlawful issue that their lust
 Since then hath made between them. Unto her
 He gave the stablishment of Egypt, made her
10 Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
 Absolute queen.
MAECENAS  This in the public eye?
 I’ th’ common showplace where they exercise.
 His sons he there proclaimed the kings of kings.
15 Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia
 He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assigned
 Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She
 In th’ habiliments of the goddess Isis
 That day appeared, and oft before gave audience,
20 As ’tis reported, so.
MAECENAS Let Rome be thus informed.
 Who, queasy with his insolence already,
 Will their good thoughts call from him.
 The people knows it and have now received
25 His accusations.
AGRIPPA  Who does he accuse?
 Caesar, and that, having in Sicily
 Sextus Pompeius spoiled, we had not rated him
 His part o’ th’ isle. Then does he say he lent me

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30 Some shipping, unrestored. Lastly, he frets
 That Lepidus of the triumvirate
 Should be deposed and, being, that we detain
 All his revenue.
AGRIPPA  Sir, this should be answered.
35 ’Tis done already, and the messenger gone.
 I have told him Lepidus was grown too cruel,
 That he his high authority abused
 And did deserve his change. For what I have
40 I grant him part; but then in his Armenia
 And other of his conquered kingdoms I
 Demand the like.
MAECENAS  He’ll never yield to that.
 Nor must not then be yielded to in this.

Enter Octavia with her Train.

45 Hail, Caesar, and my lord! Hail, most dear Caesar.
 That ever I should call thee castaway!
 You have not called me so, nor have you cause.
 Why have you stol’n upon us thus? You come not
 Like Caesar’s sister. The wife of Antony
50 Should have an army for an usher and
 The neighs of horse to tell of her approach
 Long ere she did appear. The trees by th’ way
 Should have borne men, and expectation fainted,
 Longing for what it had not. Nay, the dust
55 Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,
 Raised by your populous troops. But you are come
 A market-maid to Rome, and have prevented

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 The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown,
 Is often left unloved. We should have met you
60 By sea and land, supplying every stage
 With an augmented greeting.
OCTAVIA  Good my lord,
 To come thus was I not constrained, but did it
 On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony,
65 Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted
 My grievèd ear withal, whereon I begged
 His pardon for return.
CAESAR  Which soon he granted,
 Being an abstract ’tween his lust and him.
70 Do not say so, my lord.
CAESAR  I have eyes upon him,
 And his affairs come to me on the wind.
 Where is he now?
OCTAVIA My lord, in Athens.
75 No, my most wrongèd sister. Cleopatra
 Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire
 Up to a whore, who now are levying
 The kings o’ th’ Earth for war. He hath assembled
 Bocchus, the King of Libya; Archelaus
80 Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King
 Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas;
 King Manchus of Arabia; King of Pont;
 Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King
 Of Comagen; Polemon and Amyntas,
85 The Kings of Mede and Lycaonia,
 With a more larger list of scepters.
OCTAVIA Ay me, most wretched,
 That have my heart parted betwixt two friends
 That does afflict each other!
CAESAR 90 Welcome hither.
 Your letters did withhold our breaking forth

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 Till we perceived both how you were wrong led
 And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart.
 Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
95 O’er your content these strong necessities,
 But let determined things to destiny
 Hold unbewailed their way. Welcome to Rome,
 Nothing more dear to me. You are abused
 Beyond the mark of thought, and the high gods,
100 To do you justice, makes his ministers
 Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort,
 And ever welcome to us.
AGRIPPA  Welcome, lady.
MAECENAS Welcome, dear madam.
105 Each heart in Rome does love and pity you;
 Only th’ adulterous Antony, most large
 In his abominations, turns you off
 And gives his potent regiment to a trull
 That noises it against us.
OCTAVIA, to Caesar 110 Is it so, sir?
 Most certain. Sister, welcome. Pray you
 Be ever known to patience. My dear’st sister!
They exit.