Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count


CLEOPATRA

Where is the fellow?


ALEXAS

                         Half afeard to come.


CLEOPATRA

Go to, go to.

Enter the Messenger as before

                         Come hither, sir.


ALEXAS

                                                         Good majesty,

Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you

But when you are well pleased.


CLEOPATRA

                         That Herod's head

I'll have; but how, when Antony is gone,

Through whom I might command it? – Come thou near.


MESSENGER

Most gracious majesty!


CLEOPATRA

                         Didst thou behold Octavia?


MESSENGER

Ay, dread queen.
dread (adj.) 1 revered, deeply honoured, held in awe


CLEOPATRA

                         Where?


MESSENGER

                                                         Madam, in Rome.

I looked her in the face, and saw her led

Between her brother and Mark Antony.


CLEOPATRA

Is she as tall as me?


MESSENGER

                         She is not, madam.


CLEOPATRA

Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?
low (adj.) 3 gentle, mild, not shrill


MESSENGER

Madam, I heard her speak; she is low-voiced.


CLEOPATRA

That's not so good. He cannot like her long.


CHARMIAN

Like her! O Isis! 'Tis impossible.


CLEOPATRA

I think so, Charmian. Dull of tongue, and dwarfish.

What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
gait (n.) 1 manner of walking, bearing, movement

If e'er thou look'st on majesty.
creep (v.) 2 shuffle along, move cringingly


MESSENGER

                         She creeps;

Her motion and her station are as one.
station (n.) 1 stance, bearing, posture

She shows a body rather than a life,
show (v.) appear, look [like], present [as]

A statue than a breather.


CLEOPATRA

                         Is this certain?


MESSENGER

Or I have no observance.
observance (n.) 3 powers of observation
three (n.) few, hardly any, a handful See Topics: Numbers


CHARMIAN

                         Three in Egypt

Cannot make better note.
note (n.) 5 observation, record, description


CLEOPATRA

                         He's very knowing;

I do perceive't. There's nothing in her yet.

The fellow has good judgement.


CHARMIAN

                         Excellent.


CLEOPATRA

Guess at her years, I prithee.


MESSENGER

                         Madam,

She was a widow –


CLEOPATRA

                         Widow? Charmian, hark.


MESSENGER

And I do think she's thirty.


CLEOPATRA

Bear'st thou her face in mind? Is't long or round?


MESSENGER

Round, even to faultiness.


CLEOPATRA

For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.

Her hair, what colour?


MESSENGER

                         Brown, madam; and her forehead

As low as she would wish it.


CLEOPATRA

                         There's gold for thee.

Thou must not take my former sharpness ill.
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

I will employ thee back again. I find thee
employ (v.) 2 make use of, use one's services

Most fit for business. Go, make thee ready.

Our letters are prepared. Exit Messenger


CHARMIAN

                         A proper man.


CLEOPATRA

Indeed, he is so: I repent me much

That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
by (prep.) 1 according to
harry (v.) mistreat, harass, ill-use
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

This creature's no such thing.


CHARMIAN

                         Nothing, madam.


CLEOPATRA

The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.


CHARMIAN

Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend,
defend (v.) forbid, prohibit

And serving you so long!


CLEOPATRA

I have one thing more to ask him yet, good Charmian.

But 'tis no matter; thou shalt bring him to me

Where I will write. All may be well enough.


CHARMIAN

I warrant you, madam.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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