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Act 4, scene 8
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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 4, scene 8



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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 8
Alarum. Enter Antony again in a march;
Scarus, with others.

 We have beat him to his camp. Run one before
 And let the Queen know of our gests.
A Soldier exits.
 Before the sun shall see ’s, we’ll spill the blood
5 That has today escaped. I thank you all,
 For doughty-handed are you, and have fought
 Not as you served the cause, but as ’t had been
 Each man’s like mine. You have shown all Hectors.
 Enter the city. Clip your wives, your friends.
10 Tell them your feats, whilst they with joyful tears
 Wash the congealment from your wounds and kiss
 The honored gashes whole.

Enter Cleopatra.

To Scarus.  Give me thy hand.
 To this great fairy I’ll commend thy acts,
15 Make her thanks bless thee.—O, thou day o’ th’
 Chain mine armed neck. Leap thou, attire and all,
 Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
 Ride on the pants triumphing.
CLEOPATRA 20 Lord of lords!
 O infinite virtue, com’st thou smiling from
 The world’s great snare uncaught?
ANTONY  Mine nightingale,
 We have beat them to their beds. What, girl, though
25 gray
 Do something mingle with our younger brown, yet
 ha’ we

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 4. SC. 9

 A brain that nourishes our nerves and can
 Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man.
30 Commend unto his lips thy favoring hand.—
 Kiss it, my warrior.Scarus kisses her hand.
 He hath fought today
 As if a god in hate of mankind had
 Destroyed in such a shape.
CLEOPATRA, to Scarus 35 I’ll give thee, friend,
 An armor all of gold. It was a king’s.
 He has deserved it, were it carbuncled
 Like holy Phoebus’ car. Give me thy hand.
 Through Alexandria make a jolly march.
40 Bear our hacked targets like the men that owe
 Had our great palace the capacity
 To camp this host, we all would sup together
 And drink carouses to the next day’s fate,
45 Which promises royal peril.—Trumpeters,
 With brazen din blast you the city’s ear.
 Make mingle with our rattling taborins,
 That heaven and Earth may strike their sounds
50 Applauding our approach.
They exit.