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Antony and Cleopatra: Act 3, Scene 3

Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, Scene 3

Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.

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

Cleopatra

2
  1. Where is the fellow?

Alexas

3
  1.                      Half afeard to come.

Cleopatra

4
  1. Go to, go to. Come hither, sir.
  1. Enter the Egyptian Messenger as before.

Alexas

6 - 8
  1.                                 Good Majesty!
  2. Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
  3. But when you are well pleas’d.

Cleopatra

9 - 11
  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

12
  1. Most gracious Majesty!

Cleopatra

13
  1.                        Didst thou behold Octavia?

Egyptian Messenger

14
  1. Ay, dread Queen.

Cleopatra

15
  1.                  Where?

Egyptian Messenger

16 - 18
  1.        Madam, in Rome;
  2. I look’d her in the face, and saw her led
  3. Between her brother and Mark Antony.

Cleopatra

19
  1. Is she as tall as me?

Egyptian Messenger

20
  1.                       She is not, madam.

Cleopatra

21
  1. Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongu’d or low?

Egyptian Messenger

22
  1. Madam, I heard her speak; she is low-voic’d.

Cleopatra

23
  1. That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.

Charmian

24
  1. Like her? O Isis! ’Tis impossible.

Cleopatra

25 - 27
  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

28 - 31
  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

32
  1.                            Is this certain?

Egyptian Messenger

33
  1. Or I have no observance.

Charmian

34 - 35
  1.                          Three in Egypt
  2. Cannot make better note.

Cleopatra

36 - 38
  1.                          He’s very knowing,
  2. I do perceive’t. There’s nothing in her yet.
  3. The fellow has good judgment.

Charmian

39
  1.                               Excellent.

Cleopatra

40
  1. Guess at her years, I prithee.

Egyptian Messenger

41 - 42
  1.                                Madam,
  2. She was a widow

Cleopatra

43
  1.                  Widow? Charmian, hark.

Egyptian Messenger

44
  1. And I do think she’s thirty.

Cleopatra

45
  1. Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is’t long or round?

Egyptian Messenger

46
  1. Round, even to faultiness.

Cleopatra

47 - 48
  1. For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
  2. Her hair, what color?

Egyptian Messenger

49 - 50
  1. Brown, madam; and her forehead
  2. As low as she would wish it.

Cleopatra

51 - 55
  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

57
  1.                           A proper man.

Cleopatra

58 - 60
  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

61
  1.                                Nothing, madam.

Cleopatra

62
  1. The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.

Charmian

63 - 64
  1. Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend!
  2. And serving you so long!

Cleopatra

65 - 67
  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

68
  1. I warrant you, madam.
  1. Exeunt.
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