Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian


CLEOPATRA

My desolation does begin to make

A better life. 'Tis paltry to be Caesar:

Not being Fortune, he's but Fortune's knave,
knave (n.) 2 servant, menial, lackey

A minister of her will. And it is great
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant

To do that thing that ends all other deeds,

Which shackles accidents and bolts up change;
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening

Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung,
dung (n.) earth, soil, clay
palate (v.) 1 relish, enjoy

The beggar's nurse and Caesar's.

Enter, to the gates of the monument, Proculeius,

Gallus, and soldiers


PROCULEIUS

Caesar sends greeting to the Queen of Egypt,

And bids thee study on what fair demands
study (v.) 1 deliberate, meditate, reflect [on]

Thou mean'st to have him grant thee.


CLEOPATRA

                         What's thy name?


PROCULEIUS

My name is Proculeius.


CLEOPATRA

                         Antony

Did tell me of you, bade me trust you, but

I do not greatly care to be deceived,

That have no use for trusting. If your master

Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him

That majesty, to keep decorum, must
decorum (n.) propriety, seemliness, what is appropriate

No less beg than a kingdom. If he please

To give me conquered Egypt for my son,

He gives me so much of mine own as I

Will kneel to him with thanks.


PROCULEIUS

                         Be of good cheer;

Y'are fall'n into a princely hand; fear nothing.

Make your full reference freely to my lord,
reference (n.) 1 case for consideration, referring for a decision

Who is so full of grace that it flows over
grace (n.) 5 favour, good will

On all that need. Let me report to him

Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
dependency, dependancy (n.) 3 submissiveness, willing compliance

A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness,
pray in aid [legal] claim the assistance of someone who has a shared interest in a defence action

Where he for grace is kneeled to.


CLEOPATRA

                         Pray you, tell him

I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
vassal (n.) 1 servant, slave, subject

The greatness he has got. I hourly learn

A doctrine of obedience, and would gladly
doctrine (n.) 2 precept, lesson

Look him i'th' face.


PROCULEIUS

                         This I'll report, dear lady.

Have comfort, for I know your plight is pitied

Of him that caused it.

The soldiers approach Cleopatra from behind


GALLUS

You see how easily she may be surprised.

They seize Cleopatra

Guard her till Caesar come.

Exit Gallus


IRAS

Royal queen!


CHARMIAN

O Cleopatra! Thou art taken, queen.


CLEOPATRA

Quick, quick, good hands!

She draws a dagger


PROCULEIUS

                         Hold, worthy lady, hold!

He disarms her

Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this

Relieved, but not betrayed.
relieve (v.) aid, assist, rescue


CLEOPATRA

                         What, of death too,

That rids our dogs of languish?
languish (n.) wasting disease, drooping sickness


PROCULEIUS

                         Cleopatra,

Do not abuse my master's bounty by
abuse (v.) 4 demean, do wrong to, dishonour

Th' undoing of yourself. Let the world see

His nobleness well acted, which your death
act (v.) 1 act out, perform, enact

Will never let come forth.
come forth (v.) come into existence, be displayed


CLEOPATRA

                         Where art thou, death?

Come hither, come! Come, come, and take a queen

Worth many babes and beggars!
temperance (n.) 1 self-control, calm behaviour, moderation


PROCULEIUS

                         O, temperance, lady!


CLEOPATRA

Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sir –

If idle talk will once be necessary –
idle (adj.) 1 useless, barren, worthless

I'll not sleep neither. This mortal house I'll ruin,

Do Caesar what he can. Know, sir, that I

Will not wait pinioned at your master's court,
pinioned (adj.) 2 with arms bound, with wings clipped

Nor once be chastised with the sober eye
once (adv.) 2 ever, at any time
sober (adj.) 1 sedate, staid, demure, grave

Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up

And show me to the shouting varletry
varletry (n.) mob, menials, ruffians

Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt

Be gentle grave unto me! Rather on Nilus' mud
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

Lay me stark nak'd and let the waterflies

Blow me into abhorring! Rather make
abhorring (n.) 2 object of disgust, something to be loathed
blow (v.) 2 deposit eggs [in], pollute, contaminate

My country's high pyramides my gibbet
pyramides (n.) pyramids

And hang me up in chains!
extend (v.) 1 exaggerate, magnify, blow up


PROCULEIUS

                         You do extend

These thoughts of horror further than you shall

Find cause in Caesar.

Enter Dolabella


DOLABELLA

                         Proculeius.

What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows,

And he hath sent for thee. For the Queen,

I'll take her to my guard.


PROCULEIUS

                         So, Dolabella,

It shall content me best. Be gentle to her.
content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

(To Cleopatra) To Caesar I will speak what you shall please,

If you'll employ me to him.


CLEOPATRA

                         Say I would die.

Exeunt Proculeius and soldiers


DOLABELLA

Most noble empress, you have heard of me?


CLEOPATRA

I cannot tell.


DOLABELLA

                          Assuredly you know me.


CLEOPATRA

No matter, sir, what I have heard or known.

You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams;

Is't not your trick?
trick (n.) 1 habit, characteristic, typical behaviour


DOLABELLA

                          I understand not, madam.


CLEOPATRA

I dreamt there was an emperor Antony.

O, such another sleep, that I might see

But such another man!


DOLABELLA

                         If it might please ye –


CLEOPATRA

His face was as the heavens, and therein stuck
stick (v.) 1 be placed, be fixed

A sun and moon, which kept their course and lighted

The little O o'th' earth.
O (n.) 1 circle, orb, sphere


DOLABELLA

                         Most sovereign creature –


CLEOPATRA

His legs bestrid the ocean; his reared arm
bestride (v.) 4 straddle, stand over with legs astride

Crested the world; his voice was propertied
propertied (adj.) of a quality, having the nature

As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends;
sphere (n.) 1 celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbit See Topics: Cosmos
tuned (adj.) harmonious, melodious, musical

But when he meant to quail and shake the orb,
quail (v.) 1 overpower, destroy, make an end

He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,

There was no winter in't; an Antony it was

That grew the more by reaping. His delights

Were dolphin-like; they showed his back above

The element they lived in. In his livery
element (n.) 4 substance, raw material, physical matter
livery (n.) 3 service, following, entourage

Walked crowns and crownets; realms and islands were
crown (n.) 3 king, monarch, ruler
crownet (n.) 2 prince, noble

As plates dropped from his pocket.
plate (n.) 3 silver coin, silver piece


DOLABELLA

                         Cleopatra –


CLEOPATRA

Think you there was or might be such a man

As this I dreamt of?
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


DOLABELLA

                         Gentle madam, no.


CLEOPATRA

You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.

But if there be nor ever were one such,

It's past the size of dreaming. Nature wants stuff
size (n.) 2 bounds, limit, confine
stuff (n.) 1 substance, composition, quality, essence
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

To vie strange forms with fancy, yet t' imagine
fancy (n.) 3 imagination, creativity, inventiveness
strange (adj.) 1 remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural
vie (v.) 1 stake, venture, wager

An Antony were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
piece (n.) 2 specimen, masterpiece

Condemning shadows quite.
condemn (v.) 2 discredit, disparage
shadow (n.) 2 reflection, reflected image


DOLABELLA

                         Hear me, good madam.

Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it

As answering to the weight. Would I might never

O'ertake pursued success but I do feel,

By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
rebound (n.) reflection, return, echo

My very heart at root.
root (n.) 1 bottom [of one's heart]


CLEOPATRA

                         I thank you, sir.

Know you what Caesar means to do with me?


DOLABELLA

I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.


CLEOPATRA

Nay, pray you, sir.


DOLABELLA

                         Though he be honourable –


CLEOPATRA

He'll lead me, then, in triumph?
triumph (n.) 2 triumphal procession into Rome


DOLABELLA

Madam, he will. I know't.

Flourish, Enter Proculeius, Caesar, Gallus, Maecenas,

and others of Caesar's train


ALL

Make way there! Caesar!


CAESAR

Which is the Queen of Egypt?


DOLABELLA

It is the Emperor, madam.

Cleopatra kneels


CAESAR

Arise! You shall not kneel.

I pray you rise; rise, Egypt.


CLEOPATRA

                         Sir, the gods

Will have it thus. My master and my lord

I must obey.


CAESAR

                         Take to you no hard thoughts.

The record of what injuries you did us,

Though written in our flesh, we shall remember

As things but done by chance.
sir (n.) 2 gentleman, lord, gallant, master See Topics: Address forms


CLEOPATRA

                         Sole sir o'th' world,

I cannot project mine own cause so well
project (v.) set forth, frame, present

To make it clear, but do confess I have
clear (adj.) 2 innocent, blameless, free from fault, not guilty

Been laden with like frailties which before
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

Have often shamed our sex.


CAESAR

                         Cleopatra, know,

We will extenuate rather than enforce.
enforce (v.) 1 emphasize, urge, lay stress upon
extenuate (v.) mitigate, lessen, tone down

If you apply yourself to our intents,
apply (v.) 1 conform, bend, adapt
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

Which towards you are most gentle, you shall find
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

A benefit in this change; but if you seek

To lay on me a cruelty by taking
lay (v.) 2 attribute, ascribe, impute

Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

Of my good purposes, and put your children
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

To that destruction which I'll guard them from

If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.


CLEOPATRA

And may, through all the world; 'tis yours, and we,

Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall
scutcheon (n.) escutcheon, painted shield

Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord.

She gives him a paper


CAESAR

You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.


CLEOPATRA

This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels
brief (n.) 1 summary, short account

I am possessed of. 'Tis exactly valued,

Not petty things admitted. Where's Seleucus?
admit (v.) 3 include, take into account

Enter Seleucus


SELEUCUS

Here, madam.


CLEOPATRA

This is my treasurer. Let him speak, my lord,

Upon his peril, that I have reserved

To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.


SELEUCUS

Madam,

I had rather seel my lips than to my peril
seel (v.) [falconry: sewing up a bird's eyelids, as part of taming] sew up, close up, blind

Speak that which is not.


CLEOPATRA

                         What have I kept back?


SELEUCUS

Enough to purchase what you have made known.


CAESAR

Nay, blush not, Cleopatra. I approve

Your wisdom in the deed.


CLEOPATRA

                         See, Caesar; O behold,

How pomp is followed! Mine will now be yours,
follow (v.) 3 treat, serve, attend
pomp (n.) 2 greatness, nobility, high estate

And should we shift estates, yours would be mine.
estate (n.) 1 state, situation, circumstances
shift (v.) 3 change, exchange, swap

The ingratitude of this Seleucus does

Even make me wild. O slave, of no more trust
even, e'en (adv.) 5 quite, fully, simply
wild (adj.) 5 furious, mad, infuriated

Than love that's hired! What, goest thou back? Thou shalt

Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes,
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Though they had wings. Slave, soulless villain, dog!

O rarely base!
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
rarely (adv.) 2 exceptionally, outstandingly, unbelievably


CAESAR

                         Good queen, let us entreat you.


CLEOPATRA

O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this,

That thou vouchsafing here to visit me,
vouchsafe (v.) 3 deign, condescend

Doing the honour of thy lordliness

To one so meek, that mine own servant should

Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
parcel (v.) [debated meaning] increase, add to the list of

Addition of his envy. Say, good Caesar,
envy (n.) 1 malice, ill-will, enmity

That I some lady trifles have reserved,

Immoment toys, things of such dignity
dignity (n.) 1 worth, nobleness, excellence
immoment (adj.) unimportant, trifling, of no consequence
toy (n.) 3 trinket, trifle, trivial ornament

As we greet modern friends withal; and say
modern (adj.) ordinary, trite, commonplace, everyday

Some nobler token I have kept apart
noble (adj.) 2 valuable, precious, notable

For Livia and Octavia, to induce

Their mediation – must I be unfolded
unfolded (adj.) exposed, revealed, unmasked

With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites me
smite (v.), past forms smote, smit 1 strike, hit (often, with great force)

Beneath the fall I have. (To Seleucus) Prithee go hence,

Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
cinder (n.) burning coal, flaming ember

Through th' ashes of my chance. Wert thou a man,
chance (n.) 5 fortune, lot, destiny

Thou wouldst have mercy on me.


CAESAR

                         Forbear, Seleucus.

Exit Seleucus
forbear (v.) 4 withdraw, leave, give way


CLEOPATRA

Be it known that we, the greatest, are misthought
misthought (adj.) misjudged, thought ill of

For things that others do; and when we fall,

We answer others' merits in our name,
answer (v.) 4 suffer the consequences [for], be accountable [for]
merit (n.) 1 desert, deserving, inner worth

Are therefore to be pitied.


CAESAR

                         Cleopatra,

Not what you have reserved nor what acknowledged,

Put we i'th' roll of conquest. Still be't yours;

Bestow it at your pleasure, and believe

Caesar's no merchant, to make prize with you
prize (n.) 4 [unclear meaning] bargain, contest, valuation

Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheered.

Make not your thoughts your prisons. No, dear queen,

For we intend so to dispose you as

Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed and sleep.

Our care and pity is so much upon you

That we remain your friend; and so adieu.


CLEOPATRA

My master, and my lord!


CAESAR

                         Not so. Adieu.

Flourish. Exeunt Caesar, Dolabella, Proculeius,

Gallus, Maecenas, and Caesar's other attendants


CLEOPATRA

He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not

Be noble to myself. But hark thee, Charmian.

She whispers to Charmian


IRAS

Finish, good lady; the bright day is done,

And we are for the dark.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count


CLEOPATRA

                         Hie thee again.

I have spoke already, and it is provided;

Go put it to the haste.


CHARMIAN

                         Madam, I will.

Enter Dolabella

Where's the Queen?


CHARMIAN

                         Behold, sir.

Exit


CLEOPATRA

                                                         Dolabella!


DOLABELLA

Madam, as thereto sworn, by your command,

Which my love makes religion to obey,
religion (n.) 1 religious observance, spiritual duty, obligation

I tell you this: Caesar through Syria

Intends his journey, and within three days

You with your children will he send before.

Make your best use of this. I have performed

Your pleasure and my promise.


CLEOPATRA

                         Dolabella,

I shall remain your debtor.


DOLABELLA

                         I, your servant,

Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Caesar.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]


CLEOPATRA

Farewell, and thanks.

Exit Dolabella

                          Now, Iras, what think'st thou?

Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shal be shown

In Rome as well as I. Mechanic slaves
mechanic (adj.) 1 common, vulgar, commonplace
slave (n.) 2 hireling, lackey, menial, servant

With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers shall

Uplift us to the view. In their thick breaths,
thick (adj.) 4 foul, nasty, dirty

Rank of gross diet, shall be enclouded,
encloud (v.) envelop, engulf, surround [as in a cloud]
gross (adj.) 6 bad, inferior, poor
rank (adj.) 2 foul-smelling, stinking

And forced to drink their vapour.
drink (v.) 2 inhale, take in, suck in


IRAS

                         The gods forbid!


CLEOPATRA

Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers
catch at (v.) 1 snatch at, pluck at, grab hold of
rhymer (n.) [disparaging] versifier, rhymester
scald, scall, scauld (adj.) contemptible, vile, scabby
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore

Ballad us out o' tune. The quick comedians
ballad (v.) make the subject of a song
quick (adj.) 3 quick-witted, inventive, lively

Extemporally will stage us, and present
extemporally (adv.) in an improvised way, impromptu
stage (v.) put on stage, put on public display

Our Alexandrian revels. Antony

Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
bring forth (v.) 2 put on display, set up in public

Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
boy (v.) represent by a boy, reduce to a boy-actor level [boys played the female parts in Shakespeare's time]

I'th' posture of a whore.


IRAS

                         O, the good gods!


CLEOPATRA

Nay that's certain.


IRAS

I'll never see't! For I am sure my nails

Are stronger than mine eyes.


CLEOPATRA

                         Why, that's the way

To fool their preparation, and to conquer

Their most absurd intents.

Enter Charmian
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

                         Now, Charmian!

Show me, my women, like a queen. Go fetch

My best attires. I am again for Cydnus,

To meet Mark Antony. Sirrah Iras, go.

Now, noble Charmian, we'll dispatch indeed,
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly

And when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee leave
chare (n.) chore, task, job

To play till doomsday. – Bring our crown and all.

Exit Iras

A noise within

Wherefore's this noise?

Enter a Guardsman


GUARDSMAN

                         Here is a rural fellow

That will not be denied your highness' presence.

He brings you figs.


CLEOPATRA

Let him come in.

Exit Guardsman

                         What poor an instrument

May do a noble deed! He brings me liberty.

My resolution's placed, and I have nothing
placed (adj.) fixed, set, firm

Of woman in me. Now from head to foot

I am marble-constant; now the fleeting moon
fleeting (adj.) 1 changeable, inconstant, fickle

No planet is of mine.

Enter Guardsman and Clown with a basket
clown (n.) yokel, rustic, country bumpkin; also: low comic character [in a play]


GUARDSMAN

                         This is the man.


CLEOPATRA

Avoid, and leave him.
avoid (v.) 1 be off, be gone, go away

Exit Guardsman

Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there,
worm (n.) 1 serpent, snake

That kills and pains not?


CLOWN

Truly I have him; but I would not be the party

that should desire you to touch him, for his biting is

immortal. Those that do die of it do seldom or never

recover.


CLEOPATRA

Remember'st thou any that have died on't?


CLOWN

Very many, men and women too. I heard of one

of them no longer than yesterday; a very honest
honest (adj.) 1 chaste, pure, virtuous

woman, but something given to lie, as a woman should
something (adv.) 2 a little, to some extent

not do but in the way of honesty; how she died of the

biting of it, what pain she felt; truly, she makes a very

good report o'th' worm. But he that will believe all that

they say shall never be saved by half that they do. But

this is most fallible, the worm's an odd worm.
falliable (adj.) malapropism for ‘infallible’


CLEOPATRA

Get thee hence, farewell.


CLOWN

I wish you all joy of the worm.

He sets down the basket


CLEOPATRA

Farewell.


CLOWN

You must think this, look you, that the worm

will do his kind.
kind (n.) 3 role, part


CLEOPATRA

Ay, ay, farewell.


CLOWN

Look you, the worm is not to be trusted but in

the keeping of wise people; for indeed there is no

goodness in the worm.


CLEOPATRA

Take thou no care; it shall be heeded.


CLOWN

Very good. Give it nothing, I pray you, for it is

not worth the feeding.


CLEOPATRA

Will it eat me?


CLOWN

You must not think I am so simple but I know

the devil himself will not eat a woman. I know that a

woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not.
dress (v.) 1 prepare, make ready

But truly, these same whoreson devils do the gods great

harm in their women; for in every ten that they make,

the devils mar five.


CLEOPATRA

Well, get thee gone, farewell.


CLOWN

Yes, forsooth. I wish you joy o'th' worm.
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count

Exit

Enter Iras with a robe, crown, sceptre, and other

regalia


CLEOPATRA

Give me my robe; put on my crown; I have

Immortal longings in me. Now no more

The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip.
moist (v.) moisten

Yare, yare, good Iras; quick – methinks I hear
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
yare (adv.) quick, without delay, right now

Antony call. I see him rouse himself
rouse (v.) 2 raise, lift up

To praise my noble act. I hear him mock

The luck of Caesar, which the gods give men

To excuse their after wrath. Husband, I come.
after (adj.) 2 future, later, following

Now to that name my courage prove my title!
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

I am fire and air; my other elements

I give to baser life. So, have you done?
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count

Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips.

Farewell, kind Charmian, Iras, long farewell.

She kisses them. Iras falls and dies
aspic (n.) type of venomous snake, asp

Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall?

If thou and nature can so gently part,

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,

Which hurts, and is desired. Dost thou lie still?

If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world

It is not worth leave-taking.


CHARMIAN

Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain, that I may say

The gods themselves do weep.
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count


CLEOPATRA

                         This proves me base;

If she first meet the curled Antony,
curled (adj.) with elegantly curled hair, adorned with ringlets

He'll make demand of her, and spend that kiss

Which is my heaven to have. (To an asp) Come, thou mortal wretch,

With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
intrinsicate (adj.) intricate, complicated, entangled

Of life at once untie. Poor venomous fool,

Be angry, and dispatch. O, couldst thou speak,
dispatch, despatch (v.) 3 kill, put to death, make away with, finish off

That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass

Unpolicied!
unpolicied (adj.) outwitted in intrigue, diminished in statecraft


CHARMIAN

                         O eastern star!


CLEOPATRA

                                                         Peace, peace!

Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,

That sucks the nurse asleep?


CHARMIAN

                         O, break! O, break!


CLEOPATRA

As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle –
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

O Antony! Nay, I will take thee too.

She applies another asp to her arm

She dies

What should I stay – She dies


CHARMIAN

In this vile world? So, fare thee well.
vile, vild (adj.) 2 despicable, disgusting, abhorrent

Now boast thee, death, in thy possession lies

A lass unparalleled. Downy windows, close;
downy (adj.) 1 soft as down, comfort-giving
window (n.) 2 (plural) eyelids

And golden Phoebus never be beheld

Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry;

I'll mend it, and then play –

Enter the Guard, rustling in
rustle (v.) clatter, make a racket


FIRST GUARD

Where's the Queen?


CHARMIAN

                         Speak softly, wake her not.


FIRST GUARD

Caesar hath sent –


CHARMIAN

                         Too slow a messenger.

She applies an asp to herself
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count
dispatch, despatch (v.) 3 kill, put to death, make away with, finish off

O, come apace, dispatch. I partly feel thee.


FIRST GUARD

Approach, ho! All's not well; Caesar's beguiled.
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick


SECOND GUARD

There's Dolabella sent from Caesar; call him.


FIRST GUARD

What work is here, Charmian? Is this well done?


CHARMIAN

It is well done, and fitting for a princess

Descended of so many royal kings.

Ah, soldier! Charmian dies

Enter Dolabella


DOLABELLA

How goes it here?

                         All dead.


DOLABELLA

                                                         Caesar, thy thoughts

Touch their effects in this. Thyself art coming
effect (n.) 1 result, end, outcome, fulfilment
touch (v.) 4 achieve, accomplish, attain

To see performed the dreaded act which thou

So sought'st to hinder.

Enter Caesar, and all his train, marching


ALL

                         A way there, a way for Caesar!


DOLABELLA

O, sir, you are too sure an augurer;

That you did fear is done.
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent


CAESAR

                         Bravest at the last,

She levelled at our purposes and, being royal,
level at (v.) 2 guess correctly, rightly anticipate
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Took her own way. The manner of their deaths?

I do not see them bleed.


DOLABELLA

                         Who was last with them?


FIRST GUARD

A simple countryman, that brought her figs.
simple (adj.) 1 common, ordinary, average, humble

This was his basket.


CAESAR

                         Poisoned, then.


FIRST GUARD

                                                         O Caesar,

This Charmian lived but now; she stood and spake.

I found her trimming up the diadem
trim up, trim (v.) 2 arrange, fix up, put right

On her dead mistress. Tremblingly she stood,

And on the sudden dropped.


CAESAR

                         O, noble weakness!

If they had swallowed poison, 'twould appear

By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,

As she would catch another Antony

In her strong toil of grace.
grace (n.) 4 gracefulness, charm, elegance
toil (n.) net, snare, trap


DOLABELLA

                         Here, on her breast,

There is a vent of blood, and something blown;
blown (adj.) 4 inflamed, swollen, distended
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count
vent (n.) 2 emission, discharge, seepage

The like is on her arm.
like, the the same


FIRST GUARD

This is an aspic's trail; and these fig leaves
aspic (n.) type of venomous snake, asp
trail (n.) [hunting] scent, track

Have slime upon them, such as th' aspic leaves

Upon the caves of Nile.


CAESAR

                         Most probable

That so she died; for her physician tells me

She hath pursued conclusions infinite
conclusion (n.) 5 experiment, investigation

Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed,

And bear her women from the monument.

She shall be buried by her Antony.

No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
clip (v.) 1 embrace, clasp, hug

A pair so famous. High events as these

Strike those that make them; and their story is
strike (v.), past form stroke 3 touch, beset, affect

No less in pity than his glory which

Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall

In solemn show attend this funeral,
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with
show (n.) 2 spectacle, display, ceremony

And then to Rome. Come, Dolabella, see

High order in this great solemnity.
high (adj.) 3 noble, dignified, aristocratic
order (n.) 1 arrangement, disposition, direction
see (v.) 2 see to, manage, attend to
solemnity (n.) 3 solemn occasion, special ritual

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