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Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, Scene 3

Antony and Cleopatra
Act III, Scene 3

Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.

  1. Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.

Cleopatra

1
  1. Where is the fellow?

Alexas

2
  1.                      Half afeard to come.

Cleopatra

3
  1. Go to, go to. Come hither, sir.
  1. Enter the Egyptian Messenger as before.

Alexas

4 - 6
  1.                                 Good Majesty!
  2. Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
  3. But when you are well pleas’d.

Cleopatra

7 - 9
  1.                                That Herod’s head
  2. I’ll have; but how, when Antony is gone,
  3. Through whom I might command it? Come thou near.

Egyptian Messenger

10
  1. Most gracious Majesty!

Cleopatra

11
  1.                        Didst thou behold Octavia?

Egyptian Messenger

12
  1. Ay, dread Queen.

Cleopatra

13
  1.                  Where?

Egyptian Messenger

14 - 16
  1.        Madam, in Rome;
  2. I look’d her in the face, and saw her led
  3. Between her brother and Mark Antony.

Cleopatra

17
  1. Is she as tall as me?

Egyptian Messenger

18
  1.                       She is not, madam.

Cleopatra

19
  1. Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongu’d or low?

Egyptian Messenger

20
  1. Madam, I heard her speak; she is low-voic’d.

Cleopatra

21
  1. That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.

Charmian

22
  1. Like her? O Isis! ’Tis impossible.

Cleopatra

23 - 25
  1. I think so, Charmian: dull of tongue, and dwarfish.
  2. What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
  3. If e’er thou look’st on majesty.

Egyptian Messenger

26 - 29
  1.                                  She creeps;
  2. Her motion and her station are as one;
  3. She shows a body rather than a life,
  4. A statue, than a breather.

Cleopatra

30
  1.                            Is this certain?

Egyptian Messenger

31
  1. Or I have no observance.

Charmian

32 - 33
  1.                          Three in Egypt
  2. Cannot make better note.

Cleopatra

34 - 36
  1.                          He’s very knowing,
  2. I do perceive’t. There’s nothing in her yet.
  3. The fellow has good judgment.

Charmian

37
  1.                               Excellent.

Cleopatra

38
  1. Guess at her years, I prithee.

Egyptian Messenger

39 - 40
  1.                                Madam,
  2. She was a widow

Cleopatra

41
  1.                  Widow? Charmian, hark.

Egyptian Messenger

42
  1. And I do think she’s thirty.

Cleopatra

43
  1. Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is’t long or round?

Egyptian Messenger

44
  1. Round, even to faultiness.

Cleopatra

45 - 46
  1. For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
  2. Her hair, what color?

Egyptian Messenger

47 - 48
  1. Brown, madam; and her forehead
  2. As low as she would wish it.

Cleopatra

49 - 53
  1.                              There’s gold for thee,
  2. Thou must not take my former sharpness ill.
  3. I will employ thee back again; I find thee
  4. Most fit for business. Go, make thee ready,
  5. Our letters are prepar’d.
  1. Exit Egyptian Messenger.

Charmian

54
  1.                           A proper man.

Cleopatra

55 - 57
  1. Indeed he is so; I repent me much
  2. That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
  3. This creature’s no such thing.

Charmian

58
  1.                                Nothing, madam.

Cleopatra

59
  1. The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.

Charmian

60 - 61
  1. Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend!
  2. And serving you so long!

Cleopatra

62 - 64
  1. I have one thing more to ask him yet, good Charmian
  2. But ’tis no matter, thou shalt bring him to me
  3. Where I will write. All may be well enough.

Charmian

65
  1. I warrant you, madam.
  1. Exeunt.
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