Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Demetrius and Philo
dotage (n.) 1 doting, infatuation, excessive affection


PHILO

Nay, but this dotage of our general's

O'erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes,
measure (n.) 2 limit, moderation, extent not to be exceeded

That o'er the files and musters of the war
file (n.) 1 rank of soldiers, formation
muster (n.) 2 (plural) groups of soldiers, ranks

Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
plated (adj.) wearing plate armour, armour-protected

The office and devotion of their view
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Upon a tawny front. His captain's heart,
captain (n.) commander, chief, leader See Topics: Address forms
front (n.) 1 forehead, face
tawny (adj.) 1 brown-skinned

Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst

The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper,
renege (v.) 1 renounce, refuse, abandon
temper (n.) 3 self-control, self-restraint, moderation

And is become the bellows and the fan

To cool a gypsy's lust.

Flourish. Enter Antony, Cleopatra, her ladies

Charmian and Iras, the train, with eunuchs fanning

her

                         Look where they come.

Take but good note, and you shall see in him

The triple pillar of the world transformed
triple (adj.) 1 one of three

Into a strumpet's fool. Behold and see.
fool (n.) 4 [professional] clown, jester
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore


CLEOPATRA

If it be love indeed, tell me how much.


ANTONY

There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
beggary (n.) beggarliness, niggardliness, meanness
reckon (v.) 1 quantify, calculate, measure


CLEOPATRA

I'll set a bourn how far to be beloved.
bourn (n.) 1 frontier, destination, boundary


ANTONY

Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.

Enter a Messenger
grate (v.) 1 harass, irritate, aggravate
sum (n.) 1 summary, gist, essence


MESSENGER

News, my good lord, from Rome.


ANTONY

                          Grates me! The sum.


CLEOPATRA

Nay, hear them, Antony.

Fulvia perchance is angry; or who knows
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count

If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
scarce-bearded (adj.) with a beard only just emerging, juvenile

His powerful mandate to you: ‘Do this, or this;

Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that.
enfranchise (v.) set free, liberate
take in (v.) conquer, subdue, overcome

Perform't, or else we damn thee.'


ANTONY

                          How, my love?


CLEOPATRA

Perchance? Nay, and most like.
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

You must not stay here longer. Your dismission
dismission (n.) 2 discharge from service, permission to leave

Is come from Caesar. Therefore hear it, Antony.

Where's Fulvia's process? Caesar's I would say! Both!
process (n.) 4 command, mandate, instructions

Call in the messengers. As I am Egypt's Queen,

Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine

Is Caesar's homager; else so thy cheek pays shame
homager (n.) one who owes homage, vassal

When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!


ANTONY

Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch

Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
ranged (adj.) arranged, ordered; or: spacious, extensive

Kingdoms are clay. Our dungy earth alike
dungy (adj.) dung-like; or: vile, filthy, loathsome

Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life

Is to do thus – when such a mutual pair
mutual (adj.) 3 well-matched, complementary

And such a twain can do't, in which I bind,

On pain of punishment, the world to weet

We stand up peerless.
excellent (adj.) 2 [in a bad or neutral sense] exceptionally great, supreme, extreme


CLEOPATRA

                          Excellent falsehood!

Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her?

I'll seem the fool I am not. Antony

Will be himself.
stir (v.) 1 move, rouse, excite


ANTONY

                          But stirred by Cleopatra.

Now for the love of Love and her soft hours,

Let's not confound the time with conference harsh.
conference (n.) 1 conversation, talk, discourse
confound (v.) 8 [of time] waste, consume, squander

There's not a minute of our lives should stretch

Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count


CLEOPATRA

Hear the ambassadors.


ANTONY

                          Fie, wrangling queen!

Whom everything becomes – to chide, to laugh,
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count

To weep; whose every passion fully strives

To make itself, in thee, fair and admired.

No messenger but thine; and all alone

Tonight we'll wander through the streets and note

The qualities of people. Come, my queen;
quality (n.) 1 nature, disposition, character

Last night you did desire it. (To the Messenger) Speak not to us.

Exeunt Antony and Cleopatra with the train


DEMETRIUS

Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?


PHILO

Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,

He comes too short of that great property
property (n.) 1 quality, character, nature

Which still should go with Antony.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


DEMETRIUS

                         I am full sorry

That he approves the common liar, who
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate

Thus speaks of him at Rome; but I will hope

Of better deeds tomorrow. Rest you happy!

Exeunt

 
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