Antony and Cleopatra


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Enter Agrippa at one door, Enobarbus at another
brother (n.) 1 kinsman, relative, relation See Topics: Family
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit


AGRIPPA

What, are the brothers parted?


ENOBARBUS

They have dispatched with Pompey; he is gone.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly

The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps
seal (v.) 3 make final arrangements, come to an agreement

To part from Rome; Caesar is sad, and Lepidus
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

Since Pompey's feast, as Menas says, is troubled

With the green-sickness.
green-sickness (n.) 1 type of illness supposed to affect lovesick young women


AGRIPPA

                         'Tis a noble Lepidus.


ENOBARBUS

A very fine one. O, how he loves Caesar!


AGRIPPA

Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony!


ENOBARBUS

Caesar? Why, he's the Jupiter of men.


AGRIPPA

What's Antony? The god of Jupiter.


ENOBARBUS

Spake you of Caesar? How! The nonpareil!
nonpareil (n.) person without equal, unique one, paragon


AGRIPPA

O Antony! O thou Arabian bird!
Arabian bird phoenix [mythical bird, of which only one existed at any time]


ENOBARBUS

Would you praise Caesar, say ‘ Caesar ’ – go no further.


AGRIPPA

Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises.


ENOBARBUS

But he loves Caesar best, yet he loves Antony –

Hoo! Hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets, cannot
figure (n.) 2 figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric

Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number – hoo! –
cast (v.) 1 calculate, reckon, estimate
number (v.) put into verses

His love to Antony. But as for Caesar,

Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.


AGRIPPA

                         Both he loves.


ENOBARBUS

They are his shards, and he their beetle. So –
shard (n.) 2 cow-pat, patch of dung; or: scaly wing [as of a beetle]

(Trumpet within)

This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.


AGRIPPA

Good fortune, worthy soldier, and farewell!

Enter Caesar, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavia


ANTONY

No further, sir.


CAESAR

You take from me a great part of myself;

Use me well in't. Sister, prove such a wife

As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest band
band (n.) 2 bond, promissory note, legal deed requiring payment

Shall pass on thy approof. Most noble Antony,
approof (n.) 1 proven quality, undoubted character

Let not the piece of virtue which is set
piece (n.) 3 [of virtue] model, picture, paragon

Betwixt us as the cement of our love,

To keep it builded, be the ram to batter

The fortress of it; for better might we

Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
mean (n.) 1 means, way, method

This be not cherished.


ANTONY

                         Make me not offended

In your distrust.
say (v.) 5 finish speaking, speak one's mind, make one's point See Topics: Discourse markers


CAESAR

                         I have said.


ANTONY

                                                         You shall not find,

Though you be therein curious, the least cause
curious (adj.) 5 particular, difficult to satisfy, hard to please

For what you seem to fear. So, the gods keep you,

And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends!
end (n.) 1 purpose, aim, design

We will here part.


CAESAR

Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well.

The elements be kind to thee, and make
element (n.) 3 (plural) forces of nature, atmospheric powers

Thy spirits all of comfort. Fare thee well.


OCTAVIA

(weeping)

My noble brother!


ANTONY

The April's in her eyes; it is love's spring,

And these the showers to bring it on. Be cheerful.


OCTAVIA

Sir, look well to my husband's house; and –


CAESAR

                         What,

Octavia?


OCTAVIA

                         I'll tell you in your ear.


ANTONY

Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can

Her heart inform her tongue – the swan's-down feather

That stands upon the swell at the full of tide,

And neither way inclines.


ENOBARBUS

(aside to Agrippa)

                         Will Caesar weep?


AGRIPPA

(aside to Enobarbus)
cloud (n.) troubled expression, state of gloom

He has a cloud in's face.


ENOBARBUS

(aside to Agrippa)

He were the worse for that, were he a horse;

So is he, being a man.


AGRIPPA

(aside to Enobarbus)

                         Why, Enobarbus,

When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,

He cried almost to roaring; and he wept

When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.


ENOBARBUS

(aside to Agrippa)
rheum (n.) 2 watery discharge, seepage [especially of the eyes]

That year indeed he was troubled with a rheum.

What willingly he did confound he wailed,
confound (v.) 1 destroy, overthrow, ruin

Believe't, till I wept too.


CAESAR

                         No, sweet Octavia,

You shall hear from me still; the time shall not
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
time (n.) 14 passing of time, while

Outgo my thinking on you.
outgo (v.) 2 outdistance, go faster than


ANTONY

                         Come, sir, come,

I'll wrestle with you in my strength of love.

Look, here I have you; thus I let you go,

And give you to the gods.


CAESAR

                         Adieu; be happy!


LEPIDUS

(to Octavia)

Let all the number of the stars give light

To thy fair way!


CAESAR

                         Farewell, farewell!

He kisses Octavia


ANTONY

                                                         Farewell!

Trumpets sound. Exeunt

 
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