Antony and Cleopatra
Act III, Scene 3
Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.
- Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.
- Where is the fellow?
- Half afeard to come.
- Go to, go to. Come hither, sir.
- Enter the Egyptian Messenger as before.
Alexas4 - 6
- Good Majesty!
- Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
- But when you are well pleas’d.
Cleopatra7 - 9
- That Herod’s head
- I’ll have; but how, when Antony is gone,
- Through whom I might command it? Come thou near.
- Most gracious Majesty!
- Didst thou behold Octavia?
- Ay, dread Queen.
Egyptian Messenger14 - 16
- Madam, in Rome;
- I look’d her in the face, and saw her led
- Between her brother and Mark Antony.
- Is she as tall as me?
- She is not, madam.
- Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongu’d or low?
- Madam, I heard her speak; she is low-voic’d.
- That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.
- Like her? O Isis! ’Tis impossible.
Cleopatra23 - 25
- I think so, Charmian: dull of tongue, and dwarfish.
- What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
- If e’er thou look’st on majesty.
Egyptian Messenger26 - 29
- She creeps;
- Her motion and her station are as one;
- She shows a body rather than a life,
- A statue, than a breather.
- Is this certain?
- Or I have no observance.
Charmian32 - 33
- Three in Egypt
- Cannot make better note.
Cleopatra34 - 36
- He’s very knowing,
- I do perceive’t. There’s nothing in her yet.
- The fellow has good judgment.
- Guess at her years, I prithee.
Egyptian Messenger39 - 40
- She was a widow—
- Widow? Charmian, hark.
- And I do think she’s thirty.
- Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is’t long or round?
- Round, even to faultiness.
Cleopatra45 - 46
- For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
- Her hair, what color?
Egyptian Messenger47 - 48
- Brown, madam; and her forehead
- As low as she would wish it.
Cleopatra49 - 53
- There’s gold for thee,
- Thou must not take my former sharpness ill.
- I will employ thee back again; I find thee
- Most fit for business. Go, make thee ready,
- Our letters are prepar’d.
- Exit Egyptian Messenger.
- A proper man.
Cleopatra55 - 57
- Indeed he is so; I repent me much
- That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
- This creature’s no such thing.
- Nothing, madam.
- The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.
Charmian60 - 61
- Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend!
- And serving you so long!
Cleopatra62 - 64
- 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.
- I warrant you, madam.