Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, 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.
Alexas6 - 8
- Good Majesty!
- Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
- But when you are well pleas’d.
Cleopatra9 - 11
- 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 Messenger16 - 18
- 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.
Cleopatra25 - 27
- 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 Messenger28 - 31
- 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.
Charmian34 - 35
- Three in Egypt
- Cannot make better note.
Cleopatra36 - 38
- 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 Messenger41 - 42
- 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.
Cleopatra47 - 48
- For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
- Her hair, what color?
Egyptian Messenger49 - 50
- Brown, madam; and her forehead
- As low as she would wish it.
Cleopatra51 - 55
- 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.
Cleopatra58 - 60
- 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.
Charmian63 - 64
- Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend!
- And serving you so long!
Cleopatra65 - 67
- 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.