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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, scene 7

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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 7
Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus.

CLEOPATRA 
 I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
ENOBARBUS But why, why, why?
CLEOPATRA 
 Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars
 And say’st it is not fit.
ENOBARBUS 5 Well, is it, is it?

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CLEOPATRA 
 Is ’t not denounced against us? Why should not we
 Be there in person?
ENOBARBUS  Well, I could reply:
 If we should serve with horse and mares together,
10 The horse were merely lost. The mares would bear
 A soldier and his horse.
CLEOPATRA  What is ’t you say?
ENOBARBUS 
 Your presence needs must puzzle Antony,
 Take from his heart, take from his brain, from ’s time
15 What should not then be spared. He is already
 Traduced for levity, and ’tis said in Rome
 That Photinus, an eunuch, and your maids
 Manage this war.
CLEOPATRA  Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
20 That speak against us! A charge we bear i’ th’ war,
 And as the president of my kingdom will
 Appear there for a man. Speak not against it.
 I will not stay behind.

Enter Antony and Canidius.

ENOBARBUS  Nay, I have done.
25 Here comes the Emperor.
ANTONY  Is it not strange, Canidius,
 That from Tarentum and Brundusium
 He could so quickly cut the Ionian Sea
 And take in Toryne?—You have heard on ’t, sweet?
CLEOPATRA 
30 Celerity is never more admired
 Than by the negligent.
ANTONY  A good rebuke,
 Which might have well becomed the best of men,
 To taunt at slackness.—Canidius, we will fight
35 With him by sea.

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CLEOPATRA  By sea, what else?
CANIDIUS  Why will
 My lord do so?
ANTONY  For that he dares us to ’t.
ENOBARBUS 
40 So hath my lord dared him to single fight.
CANIDIUS 
 Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,
 Where Caesar fought with Pompey. But these offers,
 Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off,
 And so should you.
ENOBARBUS 45 Your ships are not well manned,
 Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people
 Engrossed by swift impress. In Caesar’s fleet
 Are those that often have ’gainst Pompey fought.
 Their ships are yare, yours heavy. No disgrace
50 Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
 Being prepared for land.
ANTONY  By sea, by sea.
ENOBARBUS 
 Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
 The absolute soldiership you have by land,
55 Distract your army, which doth most consist
 Of war-marked footmen, leave unexecuted
 Your own renownèd knowledge, quite forgo
 The way which promises assurance, and
 Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard
60 From firm security.
ANTONY  I’ll fight at sea.
CLEOPATRA 
 I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.
ANTONY 
 Our overplus of shipping will we burn,
 And with the rest full-manned, from th’ head of
65 Actium

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 Beat th’ approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
 We then can do ’t at land.

Enter a Messenger.

 Thy business?
MESSENGER 
 The news is true, my lord; he is descried.
70 Caesar has taken Toryne.He exits.
ANTONY 
 Can he be there in person? ’Tis impossible;
 Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
 Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
 And our twelve thousand horse. We’ll to our ship.—
75 Away, my Thetis.

Enter a Soldier.

 How now, worthy soldier?
SOLDIER 
 O noble emperor, do not fight by sea!
 Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt
 This sword and these my wounds? Let th’ Egyptians
80 And the Phoenicians go a-ducking. We
 Have used to conquer standing on the earth
 And fighting foot to foot.
ANTONY  Well, well, away.
Antony, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus exit.
SOLDIER 
 By Hercules, I think I am i’ th’ right.
CANIDIUS 
85 Soldier, thou art, but his whole action grows
 Not in the power on ’t. So our leader’s led,
 And we are women’s men.
SOLDIER  You keep by land
 The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
CANIDIUS 
90 Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,

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 Publicola, and Caelius are for sea,
 But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar’s
 Carries beyond belief.
SOLDIER While he was yet in Rome,
95 His power went out in such distractions as
 Beguiled all spies.
CANIDIUS  Who’s his lieutenant, hear you?
SOLDIER 
 They say one Taurus.
CANIDIUS  Well I know the man.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 100The Emperor calls Canidius.
CANIDIUS 
 With news the time’s in labor, and throws forth
 Each minute some.
They exit.