Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Antony and Caesar, with Octavia between them
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function


ANTONY

The world and my great office will sometimes

Divide me from your bosom.


OCTAVIA

                         All which time,

Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers

To them for you.


ANTONY

                         Good night, sir. My Octavia,

Read not my blemishes in the world's report.

I have not kept my square, but that to come
square (n.) 1 type of measuring instrument, especially for right angles

Shall all be done by th' rule. Good night, dear lady.

Good night, sir.


CAESAR

Exeunt Caesar and Octavia

Good night.

Enter the Soothsayer


ANTONY

Now, sirrah: you do wish yourself in Egypt?


SOOTHSAYER

Would I had never come from thence, nor

you thither.


ANTONY

If you can, your reason?


SOOTHSAYER

I see it in my motion, have it not in my
motion (n.) 1 inner movement, inward prompting, natural impulse, imagining

tongue; but yet hie you to Egypt again.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count


ANTONY

Say to me, whose fortunes shall rise higher,

Caesar's, or mine?


SOOTHSAYER

Caesar's.

Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side.

Thy demon – that thy spirit which keeps thee – is
daemon, demon (n.) ministering spirit, guardian angel

Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable,

Where Caesar's is not. But near him thy angel

Becomes afeard, as being o'erpowered. Therefore
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count

Make space enough between you.


ANTONY

                         Speak this no more.


SOOTHSAYER

To none but thee; no more but when to thee.

If thou dost play with him at any game,

Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck

He beats thee 'gainst the odds. Thy lustre thickens
lustre (n.) 1 light, glory, brilliance
thicken (v.) grow dim, darken

When he shines by. I say again, thy spirit

Is all afraid to govern thee near him;

But, he away, 'tis noble.


ANTONY

                         Get thee gone.

Say to Ventidius I would speak with him.

He shall to Parthia.

Exit Soothsayer
art (n.) 1 knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
hap (n.) 2 luck, chance, accident

                         Be it art or hap,

He hath spoken true. The very dice obey him,

And in our sports my better cunning faints
cunning (n.) 1 skill, ability, expertise
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

Under his chance. If we draw lots, he speeds;
chance (n.) 5 fortune, lot, destiny
speed (v.) 1 meet with success, prosper, flourish See Topics: Politeness

His cocks do win the battle still of mine
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

When it is all to nought, and his quails ever

Beat mine, inhooped, at odds. I will to Egypt;
inhooped (adj.) [cock-fighting] kept within a hoop [to make birds fight]

And though I make this marriage for my peace,

I'th' East my pleasure lies.

Enter Ventidius

                         O, come, Ventidius.

You must to Parthia. Your commission's ready;

Follow me, and receive't.

Exeunt

 
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