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Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7 Page 4

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POMPEY

                                                      Hast thou drunk well?

POMPEY

Are you drunk?

MENAS

65No, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.
Thou art, if thou dar’st be, the earthly Jove.
Whate’er the ocean pales or sky inclips
Is thine, if thou wilt ha ’t.

MENAS

No, Pompey, I haven’t had anything to drink. You can be the most powerful man on earth if you dare use your power. Both land and sea are yours if you will take them.

POMPEY

                                                  Show me which way.

POMPEY

Tell me how.

MENAS

These three world-sharers, these competitors,
70Are in thy vessel. Let me cut the cable,
And, when we are put off, fall to their throats.
All there is thine.

MENAS

The three who share the known world are aboard your boat. Let me cut the anchor cable. When we are away from land, cut their throats. Everything that belongs to them is yours.

POMPEY

                                   Ah, this thou shouldst have done
And not have spoke on ’t! In me ’tis villainy,
In thee ’t had been good service. Thou must know,
75’Tis not my profit that does lead mine honor;
Mine honor, it. Repent that e’er thy tongue
Hath so betrayed thine act. Being done unknown,
I should have found it afterwards well done,
But must condemn it now. Desist, and drink.

POMPEY

Oh, you should have done it without telling me! For me to do such a thing would be dishonorable. For you to do it would be good service. You should know that to me, profit isn’t more important than honor, but the other way around. Regret that your mouth betrayed your actions. If you had acted without my knowledge, I would have approved your action later. But now I must condemn it. Give it up and go drink.
He returns to the feast
He returns to the feast.

MENAS

80 (aside) For this,
I’ll never follow thy palled fortunes more.
Who seeks and will not take when once ’tis offered
Shall never find it more.

MENAS

(to himself) For this, I’ll never be faithful to your declining fortunes again. A person who wants something but won’t take it when it materializes won’t get the opportunity again.