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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 4, scene 4

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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 4
Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with
Charmian, and others.


ANTONY, calling 
 Eros! Mine armor, Eros!
CLEOPATRA  Sleep a little.
ANTONY 
 No, my chuck.—Eros, come, mine armor, Eros.

Enter Eros, carrying armor.

 Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.
5 If fortune be not ours today, it is
 Because we brave her. Come.
CLEOPATRA  Nay, I’ll help too.
 What’s this for?
ANTONY  Ah, let be, let be! Thou art
10 The armorer of my heart. False, false. This, this!
CLEOPATRA 
 Sooth, la, I’ll help. Thus it must be.
ANTONY  Well, well,
 We shall thrive now.—Seest thou, my good fellow?
 Go, put on thy defenses.

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EROS 15 Briefly, sir.
CLEOPATRA 
 Is not this buckled well?
ANTONY  Rarely, rarely.
 He that unbuckles this, till we do please
 To daff ’t for our repose, shall hear a storm.—
20 Thou fumblest, Eros, and my queen’s a squire
 More tight at this than thou. Dispatch.—O love,
 That thou couldst see my wars today, and knew’st
 The royal occupation, thou shouldst see
 A workman in ’t.

Enter an armed Soldier.

25 Good morrow to thee. Welcome.
 Thou look’st like him that knows a warlike charge.
 To business that we love we rise betime
 And go to ’t with delight.
SOLDIER  A thousand, sir,
30 Early though ’t be, have on their riveted trim
 And at the port expect you.Shout. Trumpets flourish.

Enter Captains and Soldiers.

CAPTAIN 
 The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.
ALL 
 Good morrow, general.
ANTONY  ’Tis well blown, lads.
35 This morning, like the spirit of a youth
 That means to be of note, begins betimes.
 So, so.—Come, give me that. This way.—Well said.—
 Fare thee well, dame.He kisses her.
 Whate’er becomes of me,
40 This is a soldier’s kiss. Rebukable
 And worthy shameful check it were to stand
 On more mechanic compliment. I’ll leave thee

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 Now like a man of steel.—You that will fight,
 Follow me close. I’ll bring you to ’t.—Adieu.
Antony, Eros, Captains, and Soldiers exit.
CHARMIAN 
45 Please you retire to your chamber?
CLEOPATRA  Lead me.
 He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
 Determine this great war in single fight,
 Then Antony—but now—. Well, on.
They exit.