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Act 5, scene 1
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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 5, scene 1



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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 1
Enter Caesar with Agrippa, Dolabella, Maecenas,
Gallus, and Proculeius, his council of war.

CAESAR, aside to Dolabella 
 Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield.
 Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
 The pauses that he makes.
DOLABELLA  Caesar, I shall.
Dolabella exits.

Enter Dercetus with the sword of Antony.

5 Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar’st
 Appear thus to us?
DERCETUS  I am called Dercetus.
 Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy
 Best to be served. Whilst he stood up and spoke,
10 He was my master, and I wore my life
 To spend upon his haters. If thou please
 To take me to thee, as I was to him
 I’ll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,
 I yield thee up my life.
CAESAR 15 What is ’t thou say’st?
 I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 5. SC. 1

 The breaking of so great a thing should make
 A greater crack. The round world
 Should have shook lions into civil streets
20 And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony
 Is not a single doom; in the name lay
 A moiety of the world.
DERCETUS  He is dead, Caesar,
 Not by a public minister of justice,
25 Nor by a hirèd knife, but that self hand
 Which writ his honor in the acts it did
 Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
 Splitted the heart. This is his sword.
 I robbed his wound of it. Behold it stained
30 With his most noble blood.
CAESAR  Look you sad, friends?
 The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
 To wash the eyes of kings.
AGRIPPA  And strange it is
35 That nature must compel us to lament
 Our most persisted deeds.
MAECENAS  His taints and honors
 Waged equal with him.
AGRIPPA  A rarer spirit never
40 Did steer humanity, but you gods will give us
 Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touched.
 When such a spacious mirror’s set before him,
 He needs must see himself.
CAESAR  O Antony,
45 I have followed thee to this, but we do lance
 Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
 Have shown to thee such a declining day
 Or look on thine. We could not stall together
 In the whole world. But yet let me lament
50 With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 5. SC. 1

 That thou my brother, my competitor
 In top of all design, my mate in empire,
 Friend and companion in the front of war,
 The arm of mine own body, and the heart
55 Where mine his thoughts did kindle—that our stars
 Unreconciliable should divide
 Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends—

Enter an Egyptian.

 But I will tell you at some meeter season.
 The business of this man looks out of him.
60 We’ll hear him what he says.—Whence are you?
 A poor Egyptian yet, the Queen my mistress,
 Confined in all she has, her monument,
 Of thy intents desires instruction,
 That she preparedly may frame herself
65 To th’ way she’s forced to.
CAESAR  Bid her have good heart.
 She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
 How honorable and how kindly we
 Determine for her. For Caesar cannot live
70 To be ungentle.
EGYPTIAN  So the gods preserve thee.He exits.
 Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say
 We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts
 The quality of her passion shall require,
75 Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke
 She do defeat us, for her life in Rome
 Would be eternal in our triumph. Go,
 And with your speediest bring us what she says
 And how you find of her.
PROCULEIUS 80 Caesar, I shall.
Proculeius exits.

Antony and Cleopatra
ACT 5. SC. 2

 Gallus, go you along.Gallus exits.
 Where’s Dolabella,
 To second Proculeius?
ALL  Dolabella!
85 Let him alone, for I remember now
 How he’s employed. He shall in time be ready.
 Go with me to my tent, where you shall see
 How hardly I was drawn into this war,
 How calm and gentle I proceeded still
90 In all my writings. Go with me and see
 What I can show in this.
They exit.