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Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7 Page 2

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LEPIDUS

You’ve strange serpents there?

LEPIDUS

Do you have unusual snakes there?

ANTONY

25Ay, Lepidus.

ANTONY

Yes, Lepidus.

LEPIDUS

Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the operation of your sun. So is your crocodile.

LEPIDUS

The Egyptian snake is born when the sun shines on the Nile mud, just like the crocodile.

ANTONY

They are so.

ANTONY

Yes, Lepidus.

POMPEY

(to LEPIDUS ) Sit, and some wine. A health to Lepidus!

POMPEY

Let’s have a seat and some wine. A toast to Lepidus!
They sit and drink
They sit and drink.

LEPIDUS

30I am not so well as I should be, but I’ll ne’er out.

LEPIDUS

I don’t feel so well, but I won’t stop.

ENOBARBUS

Not till you have slept. I fear me you’ll be in till then.

ENOBARBUS

Not until you pass out. I’m afraid you’ll keep going until then.

LEPIDUS

Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies’ pyramises are very goodly things. Without contradiction I have heard that.

LEPIDUS

No, I certainly won’t stop. I’ve heard that the pyramids build by the Ptolemies are splendid. Without doubt I’ve heard that.

MENAS

(aside to POMPEY ) Pompey, a word.

MENAS

(aside to POMPEY ) Pompey, could I have a word with you?

POMPEY

35 (aside to MENAS ) Say in mine ear. What is ’t?

POMPEY

(aside to MENAS ) Whisper it in my ear. What is it?

MENAS

(aside to POMPEY ) Forsake thy seat, I do beseech thee, captain,
And hear me speak a word.

MENAS

(whispers in POMPEY ’s ear) Please, captain, leave the feast and let me speak with you privately.

POMPEY

(aside to MENAS ) Forbear me till anon.—This wine for Lepidus!

POMPEY

(aside to MENAS ) Leave me alone awhile. Where’s the wine for Lepidus?

LEPIDUS

What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?

LEPIDUS

What does a crocodile look like?

ANTONY

40 It is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad as it hath breadth. It is just so high as it is, and moves with its own organs. It lives by that which nourisheth it, and, the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.

ANTONY

Sir, it’s shaped like itself and is as wide as it has width. It is only as high as it is and moves with its own legs. It lives on what nourishes it, and when

the four elements

fire, air, earth, and water, thought to be the building blocks of all life

the four elements
leave it, its soul moves into another body.

LEPIDUS

What color is it of?

LEPIDUS

What color is it?

ANTONY

45Of it own color too.

ANTONY

Its own color.