Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 6

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ENOBARBUS

Yes, something you can deny for your own safety: you have been a great thief by sea.

ENOBARBUS

Yes, for your own safety, you should deny one thing: you have been a great thief at sea.

MENAS

95And you by land.

MENAS

As you were on land.

ENOBARBUS

There I deny my land service. But give me your hand, Menas.

ENOBARBUS

That’s the one part of my service on land I do deny. But let’s shake hands, Menas.
They clasp hands
They shake.
If our eyes had authority, here they might take two thieves kissing.
If our eyes were policemen, they might capture two thieves at once while we’re embracing.

MENAS

All men’s faces are true, whatsome’er their hands are.

MENAS

Men’s faces are truthful, whatever their hands do.

ENOBARBUS

100But there is never a fair woman has a true face.

ENOBARBUS

But no beautiful woman has an honest face.

MENAS

No slander. They steal hearts.

MENAS

That’s no lie. They steal hearts.

ENOBARBUS

We came hither to fight with you.

ENOBARBUS

We came here to fight against you.

MENAS

For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking. Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.

MENAS

For my part, I’m sorry this battle turned into a drinking match. Today Pompey laughs away his fortune.

ENOBARBUS

105If he do, sure he cannot weep ’t back again.

ENOBARBUS

If that’s true, he won’t get it back by crying.

MENAS

You’ve said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony here. Pray you, is he married to Cleopatra?

MENAS

That’s the truth, sir. We didn’t expect Mark Antony to be here. Is he married to Cleopatra?

ENOBARBUS

Caesar’s sister is called Octavia.

ENOBARBUS

Caesar’s sister is named Octavia.

MENAS

True, sir. She was the wife of Caius Marcellus.

MENAS

That’s true, sir. She was previously Caius Marcellus’ wife.

ENOBARBUS

110But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius.

ENOBARBUS

But she is now Mark Antony’s wife.

MENAS

Pray ye, sir?

MENAS

Excuse me, sir?

ENOBARBUS

’Tis true.

ENOBARBUS

It’s true.

MENAS

Then is Caesar and he forever knit together.

MENAS

Then Caesar and he will always be united.

ENOBARBUS

If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would not prophesy so.

ENOBARBUS

If I were to make a prediction regarding this union, I wouldn’t say that.