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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 4, scene 15

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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 15
Enter Cleopatra and her maids aloft, with
Charmian and Iras.


CLEOPATRA 
 O Charmian, I will never go from hence.
CHARMIAN 
 Be comforted, dear madam.
CLEOPATRA  No, I will not.
 All strange and terrible events are welcome,

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5 But comforts we despise. Our size of sorrow,
 Proportioned to our cause, must be as great
 As that which makes it.

Enter Diomedes below.

 How now? Is he dead?
DIOMEDES 
 His death’s upon him, but not dead.
10 Look out o’ th’ other side your monument.
 His guard have brought him thither.

Enter Antony below, and the Guard bearing him.

CLEOPATRA O sun,
 Burn the great sphere thou mov’st in. Darkling stand
 The varying shore o’ th’ world! O Antony, Antony,
15 Antony! Help, Charmian! Help, Iras, help!
 Help, friends below! Let’s draw him hither.
ANTONY  Peace!
 Not Caesar’s valor hath o’erthrown Antony,
 But Antony’s hath triumphed on itself.
CLEOPATRA 
20 So it should be that none but Antony
 Should conquer Antony, but woe ’tis so!
ANTONY 
 I am dying, Egypt, dying. Only
 I here importune death awhile until
 Of many thousand kisses the poor last
25 I lay upon thy lips.
CLEOPATRA  I dare not, dear,
 Dear my lord, pardon, I dare not,
 Lest I be taken. Not th’ imperious show
 Of the full-fortuned Caesar ever shall
30 Be brooched with me; if knife, drugs, serpents have
 Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe.
 Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes

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 And still conclusion, shall acquire no honor
 Demuring upon me. But come, come, Antony.—
35 Help me, my women!—We must draw thee up.—
 Assist, good friends.They begin lifting him.
ANTONY  O, quick, or I am gone.
CLEOPATRA 
 Here’s sport indeed. How heavy weighs my lord!
 Our strength is all gone into heaviness;
40 That makes the weight. Had I great Juno’s power,
 The strong-winged Mercury should fetch thee up
 And set thee by Jove’s side. Yet come a little.
 Wishers were ever fools. O, come, come, come!
They heave Antony aloft to Cleopatra.
 And welcome, welcome! Die when thou hast lived;
45 Quicken with kissing. Had my lips that power,
 Thus would I wear them out.She kisses him.
ALL A heavy sight!
ANTONY I am dying, Egypt, dying.
 Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.
CLEOPATRA 
50 No, let me speak, and let me rail so high
 That the false huswife Fortune break her wheel,
 Provoked by my offense.
ANTONY  One word, sweet queen:
 Of Caesar seek your honor with your safety—O!
CLEOPATRA 
55 They do not go together.
ANTONY  Gentle, hear me.
 None about Caesar trust but Proculeius.
CLEOPATRA 
 My resolution and my hands I’ll trust,
 None about Caesar.
ANTONY 
60 The miserable change now at my end
 Lament nor sorrow at, but please your thoughts

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 In feeding them with those my former fortunes
 Wherein I lived the greatest prince o’ th’ world,
 The noblest, and do now not basely die,
65 Not cowardly put off my helmet to
 My countryman—a Roman by a Roman
 Valiantly vanquished. Now my spirit is going;
 I can no more.
CLEOPATRA  Noblest of men, woo’t die?
70 Hast thou no care of me? Shall I abide
 In this dull world, which in thy absence is
 No better than a sty? O see, my women,
 The crown o’ th’ Earth doth melt.—My lord!
Antony dies.
 O, withered is the garland of the war;
75 The soldier’s pole is fall’n; young boys and girls
 Are level now with men. The odds is gone,
 And there is nothing left remarkable
 Beneath the visiting moon.
CHARMIAN  O, quietness, lady!
Cleopatra swoons.
IRAS 80She’s dead, too, our sovereign.
CHARMIAN Lady!
IRAS Madam!
CHARMIAN O madam, madam, madam!
IRAS Royal Egypt! Empress!Cleopatra stirs.
CHARMIAN 85Peace, peace, Iras!
CLEOPATRA 
 No more but e’en a woman, and commanded
 By such poor passion as the maid that milks
 And does the meanest chares. It were for me
 To throw my scepter at the injurious gods,
90 To tell them that this world did equal theirs
 Till they had stolen our jewel. All’s but naught.
 Patience is sottish, and impatience does
 Become a dog that’s mad. Then is it sin

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 To rush into the secret house of death
95 Ere death dare come to us? How do you, women?
 What, what, good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian?
 My noble girls! Ah, women, women! Look,
 Our lamp is spent; it’s out. Good sirs, take heart.
 We’ll bury him; and then, what’s brave, what’s
100 noble,
 Let’s do ’t after the high Roman fashion
 And make death proud to take us. Come, away.
 This case of that huge spirit now is cold.
 Ah women, women! Come, we have no friend
105 But resolution and the briefest end.
They exit, bearing off Antony’s body.