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Act 4, scene 12
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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 4, scene 12



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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 12
Enter Antony and Scarus.

 Yet they are not joined. Where yond pine does stand,
 I shall discover all. I’ll bring thee word
 Straight how ’tis like to go.He exits.
Alarum afar off, as at a sea fight.
SCARUS  Swallows have built
5 In Cleopatra’s sails their nests. The augurs
 Say they know not, they cannot tell, look grimly
 And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony
 Is valiant and dejected, and by starts
 His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear
10 Of what he has and has not.

Enter Antony.

ANTONY  All is lost!
 This foul Egyptian hath betrayèd me.
 My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder
 They cast their caps up and carouse together
15 Like friends long lost. Triple-turned whore! ’Tis thou
 Hast sold me to this novice, and my heart
 Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly—
 For when I am revenged upon my charm,
 I have done all. Bid them all fly. Begone!
Scarus exits.
20 O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more.
 Fortune and Antony part here; even here
 Do we shake hands. All come to this? The hearts
 That spanieled me at heels, to whom I gave
 Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
25 On blossoming Caesar, and this pine is barked
 That overtopped them all. Betrayed I am.
 O, this false soul of Egypt! This grave charm,

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 4. SC. 12

 Whose eye becked forth my wars and called them
30 Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,
 Like a right gypsy hath at fast and loose
 Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.—
 What Eros, Eros!

Enter Cleopatra.

 Ah, thou spell! Avaunt!
35 Why is my lord enraged against his love?
 Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving
 And blemish Caesar’s triumph. Let him take thee
 And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians!
 Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
40 Of all thy sex; most monster-like be shown
 For poor’st diminutives, for dolts, and let
 Patient Octavia plow thy visage up
 With her preparèd nails.Cleopatra exits.
 ’Tis well th’ art gone,
45 If it be well to live. But better ’twere
 Thou fell’st into my fury, for one death
 Might have prevented many.—Eros, ho!—
 The shirt of Nessus is upon me. Teach me,
 Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage.
50 Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o’ th’ moon,
 And with those hands that grasped the heaviest
 Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die.
 To the young Roman boy she hath sold me, and I
55 fall
 Under this plot. She dies for ’t.—Eros, ho!
He exits.