Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Alarum afar off, as at a sea fight

Enter Antony and Scarus


ANTONY

Yet they are not joined. Where yond pine does stand

I shall discover all. I'll bring thee word
discover (v.) 5 spy, spot, make out

Straight how 'tis like to go.

Exit
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


SCARUS

                         Swallows have built

In Cleopatra's sails their nests. The augurers

Say they know not, they cannot tell, look grimly,

And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony

Is valiant, and dejected, and by starts
starts, by / in in fits and starts

His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear
fretted (adj.) chequered, mixed; or: distressed

Of what he has and has not.

Enter Antony


ANTONY

                         All is lost!

This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me.

My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder

They cast their caps up and carouse together
carouse (v.) drink at length, imbibe long draughts

Like friends long lost. Triple-turned whore! 'Tis thou

Hast sold me to this novice, and my heart

Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly;

For when I am revenged upon my charm,
charm (n.) 3 enchantress, witch

I have done all. Bid them all fly, begone!

Exit Scarus

O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more.
uprise (n.) rising, dawn

Fortune and Antony part here; even here

Do we shake hands. All come to this? The hearts

That spanieled me at heels, to whom I gave
spaniel (v.) fawn upon, follow [like a spaniel]

Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
discandy (v.) dissolve, liquefy, melt away

On blossoming Caesar; and this pine is barked
barked (adj.) stripped, peeled bare, destroyed

That overtopped them all. Betrayed I am.

O this false soul of Egypt! This grave charm,
charm (n.) 3 enchantress, witch
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
grave (adj.) 3 deadly, destructive, baneful

Whose eye becked forth my wars, and called them home,
beck (v.) beckon, nod, call

Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,
crownet (n.) 1 coronet, crown

Like a right gipsy hath at fast and loose
fast and loose type of cheating game [in which people bet on whether the end of a coiled rope is fastened or not]; not playing fairly
right (adj.) 1 typical, true, classic

Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick

What, Eros, Eros!

Enter Cleopatra
avaunt (int.) begone, go away, be off See Topics: Frequency count

                         Ah, thou spell! Avaunt!


CLEOPATRA

Why is my lord enraged against his love?


ANTONY

Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving

And blemish Caesar's triumph. Let him take thee
triumph (n.) 2 triumphal procession into Rome

And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians;

Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
spot (n.) 1 stain, blemish, blot

Of all thy sex; most monster-like be shown
monster (n.) 1 marvel, monstrosity, prodigy

For poor'st diminutives, for doits, and let
diminutive (n.) undersized person, very small being
doit (n.) [small Dutch coin = half an English farthing] trivial sum, worthless amount, trifle See Topics: Money

Patient Octavia plough thy visage up
visage (n.) 1 face, countenance See Topics: Frequency count

With her prepared nails.

Exit Cleopatra

                         'Tis well th'art gone,

If it be well to live; but better 'twere

Thou fell'st into my fury, for one death

Might have prevented many. Eros, ho!

The shirt of Nessus is upon me. Teach me,

Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage.

Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o'th' moon,

And with those hands that grasped the heaviest club

Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die.

To the young Roman boy she hath sold me, and I fall

Under this plot; she dies for't. Eros, ho!

Exit

 
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