Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 6

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LEPIDUS

                                                         Well met here.

LEPIDUS

It’s good we had this meeting.

POMPEY

I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed.
I crave our composition may be written
And sealed between us.

POMPEY

I hope it works out for the best, Lepidus. So we are in agreement. Please have the contract written up so we can all sign it.

CAESAR

                                              That’s the next to do.

CAESAR

That’s the next thing on the agenda.

POMPEY

60We’ll feast each other ere we part, and let’s
Draw lots who shall begin.

POMPEY

We’ll have celebration feasts for each other before we go our separate ways. Let’s draw lots to see who will host the first one.

ANTONY

                                                     That will I, Pompey.

ANTONY

I’ll give the first one, Pompey.

POMPEY

No, Antony, take the lot. But, first or last,
Your fine Egyptian cookery shall have
The fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
65Grew fat with feasting there.

POMPEY

No, Antony. Pick one of these lots. Whether your banquet is first or last, your Egyptian cooking will make it the best. I heard that Julius Caesar got fat from all the feasting there.

ANTONY

You have heard much.

ANTONY

You’ve heard a lot.

POMPEY

I have fair meanings, sir.

POMPEY

I mean well, sir.

ANTONY

And fair words to them.

ANTONY

I’m sure you do.

POMPEY

Then so much have I heard.
70And I have heard Apollodorus carried—

POMPEY

I’ve heard a lot more. I heard that Apollodorus carried—

ENOBARBUS

(interrupting POMPEY ) No more of that. He did so.

ENOBARBUS

(interrupting POMPEY ) That’s enough of that. Yes, it’s true.

POMPEY

                                                                            What, I pray you?

POMPEY

What did he carry, please?

ENOBARBUS

A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.

ENOBARBUS

POMPEY

I know thee now. How far’st thou, soldier?

POMPEY

Now I know who you are. How are you, soldier?

ENOBARBUS

                                                                                  Well,
And well am like to do, for I perceive,
75Four feasts are toward.

ENOBARBUS

I’m well, and probably will be for a while, as I hear that four feasts are being prepared.