Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 6

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MENAS

I think the policy of that purpose made more in the marriage than the love of the parties.

MENAS

I think the marriage was made more for political reasons than for love.

ENOBARBUS

I think so too. But you shall find the band that seems to tie their friendship together will be the very strangler of their amity. Octavia is of a holy, cold, and still conversation.

ENOBARBUS

I think so too. But you’ll see that the very thing that joins them will be the thing that separates them. Octavia has a pious, chaste, meek disposition.

MENAS

Who would not have his wife so?

MENAS

Doesn’t everyone want a wife like that?

ENOBARBUS

Not he that himself is not so, which is Mark Antony. He will to his Egyptian dish again. Then shall the sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in Caesar, and, as I said before, that which is the strength of their amity shall prove the immediate author of their variance. Antony will use his affection where it is. He married but his occasion here.

ENOBARBUS

Not someone who doesn’t share that disposition, meaning Mark Antony. He’ll go back to his Egyptian dish. Then Octavia’s complaints will rouse Caesar, and as I said before, the thing that brought them together will part them. Antony will go where his passion is. He only married out of political necessity.

MENAS

And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard? I have a health for you.

MENAS

Then that’s the way it may turn out. Come on, sir, will you come aboard? I want to drink your health.

ENOBARBUS

I shall take it, sir. We have used our throats in Egypt.

ENOBARBUS

I’ll join you, sir. We did a lot of drinking in Egypt.

MENAS

Come, let’s away.

MENAS

Let’s go.
Exeunt
They exit.