Antony and Cleopatra


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Alarum. Drums and trumpets. Enter Agrippa and

others


AGRIPPA

Retire! We have engaged ourselves too far.
engage (v.) 3 enter into combat, make an attack

Caesar himself has work, and our oppression
oppression (n.) 1 misfortune, distress, difficulty

Exceeds what we expected.

Exeunt

Alarums. Enter Antony, and Scarus wounded
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent


SCARUS

O my brave emperor, this is fought indeed!

Had we done so at first, we had droven them home

With clouts about their heads.
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count
clout (n.) 1 piece of cloth, rag; handkerchief


ANTONY

                         Thou bleed'st apace.


SCARUS

I had a wound here that was like a T,

But now 'tis made an H.

Retreat sounded far off


ANTONY

                         They do retire.


SCARUS

We'll beat 'em into bench-holes. I have yet
bench-hole (n.) privy hole, lavatory

Room for six scotches more.
scotch (n.) cut, gash, wound

Enter Eros


EROS

They are beaten, sir, and our advantage serves
score (v.) 3 wound, scar, cut

For a fair victory.


SCARUS

                         Let us score their backs

And snatch 'em up, as we take hares, behind.
sport (n.) 4 subject of sport

'Tis sport to maul a runner.
sprightly, spritely (adj.) 1 cheerful, light-hearted, bright


ANTONY

                         I will reward thee

Once for thy sprightly comfort, and tenfold
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely

For thy good valour. Come thee on.


SCARUS

                         I'll halt after.

Exeunt

 
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