Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with Charmian and

others


ANTONY

Eros! Mine armour, Eros!


CLEOPATRA

                         Sleep a little.


ANTONY

No, my chuck. Eros! Come, mine armour, Eros!
chuck (n.) chicken, chick [usually as a term of endearment] See Topics: Address forms

Enter Eros with armour
iron (n.) 2 armour

Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.

If fortune be not ours today, it is

Because we brave her. Come.
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke


CLEOPATRA

                         Nay, I'll help too.

What's this for?


ANTONY

                         Ah, let be, let be! Thou art

The armourer of my heart. False, false; this, this.
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken


CLEOPATRA

Sooth, la, I'll help; thus it must be.


ANTONY

                         Well, well,

We shall thrive now. Seest thou, my good fellow?

Go put on thy defences.
briefly (adv.) 1 quickly, soon, in a moment
defence (n.) 3 arms, armour, means of defence


EROS

                         Briefly, sir.


CLEOPATRA

Is not this buckled well?
rarely (adv.) 1 splendidly, beautifully, excellently


ANTONY

                         Rarely, rarely.

He that unbuckles this, till we do please

To daff't for our repose, shall hear a storm.
daff (v.), past form daft 1 take off, throw off

Thou fumblest, Eros, and my queen's a squire
squire (n.) 1 gentleman below a knight in rank, attendant on a knight or nobleman

More tight at this than thou. Dispatch. O, love,
dispatch, despatch (v.) 4 hurry up, be quick
tight (adj.) 2 skilled, deft, adept

That thou couldst see my wars today, and knew'st

The royal occupation; thou shouldst see
occupation (n.) 1 handicraft, trade, employment

A workman in't.

Enter an armed Soldier
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count
workman (n.) craftsman, skilled worker

                         Good morrow to thee. Welcome.

Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge.
charge (n.) 4 commission, responsibility, official duty

To business that we love we rise betime
betime (adv.) 1 early, at an early hour

And go to't with delight.


SOLDIER

                         A thousand, sir,

Early though't be, have on their riveted trim,
trim (n.) 2 trappings, equipment, outfit

And at the port expect you.

Shout. Trumpets flourish. Enter Captains and

soldiers


CAPTAIN

The morn is fair. Good morrow, General.
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


ALL THE SOLDIERS

Good morrow, General.
blown (adj.) 1 in full flower, in its bloom


ANTONY

                         'Tis well blown, lads.

This morning, like the spirit of a youth

That means to be of note, begins betimes.
betimes (adv.) 3 speedily, soon, in a short time

So, so. Come, give me that; this way; well said.
said, well well done

Fare thee well, dame. Whate'er becomes of me,

This is a soldier's kiss. Rebukeable

And worthy shameful check it were to stand
check (n.) 1 reprimand, reproof, rebuke

On more mechanic compliment. I'll leave thee
compliment, complement (n.) 2 ceremony, etiquette, protocol
mechanic (adj.) 1 common, vulgar, commonplace

Now like a man of steel. You that will fight,

Follow me close; I'll bring you to't. Adieu.

Exeunt all but Cleopatra and Charmian


CHARMIAN

Please you retire to your chamber?


CLEOPATRA

                         Lead me.

He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might

Determine this great war in single fight!

Then Antony – but now. Well, on.

Exeunt

 
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