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Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7 Page 3

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LEPIDUS

’Tis a strange serpent.

LEPIDUS

It’s a strange snake.

ANTONY

’Tis so. And the tears of it are wet.

ANTONY

It is that. And its tears are wet.

CAESAR

(aside to ANTONY ) Will this description satisfy him?

CAESAR

(aside to ANTONY ) Will that description satisfy him?

ANTONY

(aside to CAESAR ) With the health that Pompey gives him, else he is a very epicure.

ANTONY

(aside to CAESAR ) That last toast Pompey gave him will take care of him, unless he’s a raging glutton.
MENAS whispers again
MENAS whispers to POMPEY again.

POMPEY

(aside to MENAS ) Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of that? Away!
Do as I bid you.—Where’s this cup I called for?

POMPEY

(aside to MENAS ) Go to hell, sir. Are you still here? Go away! Do what I tell you. Where’s the wine I ordered?

MENAS

(aside to POMPEY ) If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me,
Rise from thy stool.

MENAS

(aside to POMPEY ) If any service I’ve done you deserves a favor, get up from your stool and speak with me.

POMPEY

   (aside to MENAS )     I think th’ art mad.

POMPEY

(aside to MENAS ) I think you’re crazy!
He rises, and they walk aside
He gets up and walks aside with MENAS.
                                                                                 The matter?
What is it?

MENAS

55I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.

MENAS

I’ve always had great respect for your destiny.

POMPEY

Thou hast served me with much faith. What’s else to say?—
(to the others) Be jolly, lords.

POMPEY

You’ve served me faithfully. What else can I say? (to the others) Be happy, lords!

ANTONY

                                                       These quicksands, Lepidus,
Keep off them, for you sink.

ANTONY

Stay away from the quicksand of drink, Lepidus: you’re sinking.

MENAS

(aside to POMPEY ) Wilt thou be lord of all the world?

MENAS

(to POMPEY ) Would you like to be king of the entire world?

POMPEY

                                                                             What sayst thou?

POMPEY

What are you saying?

MENAS

60Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That’s twice.

MENAS

Would you like to be king of the entire world? Now I’ve said it twice.

POMPEY

How should that be?

POMPEY

How could that happen?

MENAS

But entertain it,
And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
Will give thee all the world.

MENAS

Just consider it. Though I seem poor, I am the man who will give you the world.