Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 6

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POMPEY

                                                                           Know then
40I came before you here a man prepared
To take this offer, but Mark Antony
Put me to some impatience. (to ANTONY )—Though I lose
The praise of it by telling, you must know,
When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
45Your mother came to Sicily and did find
Her welcome friendly.

POMPEY

You should know that when I came here I was prepared to accept your offer. But Mark Antony made me somewhat angry. (to ANTONY ) Though it would be nobler to for me not to speak of this good act myself, you should know that when Caesar and your brother were fighting, your mother came to Sicily for refuge. I welcomed her gladly.

ANTONY

          (to POMPEY )        I have heard it, Pompey,
And am well studied for a liberal thanks
Which I do owe you.

ANTONY

(to POMPEY ) I heard what you did for her, Pompey, and want to give you the many thanks I owe you.

POMPEY

                                          Let me have your hand.

POMPEY

Let me shake your hand.
They clasp hands
They shake hands.
I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
I didn’t think I would see you here.

ANTONY

50The beds i’ th’ East are soft, and thanks to you,
That called me timelier than my purpose hither,
For I have gained by ’t.

ANTONY

The East is very seductive. I have you to thank for my trip here; I wouldn’t have left Egypt otherwise, and I have benefited from it.

CAESAR

          (to POMPEY )          Since I saw you last
There’s a change upon you.

CAESAR

(to POMPEY ) You’ve changed since the last time I saw you.

POMPEY

                                                       Well, I know not
What counts harsh Fortune casts upon my face,
55But in my bosom shall she never come
To make my heart her vassal.

POMPEY

Well, I cannot tell how my difficult life has weathered my face, but I will never let those difficulties subdue my courage.