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Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 2

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SILIUS

Thou hast, Ventidius, that
Without the which a soldier and his sword
30Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to Antony?

SILIUS

A soldier is just a tool, like his sword, unless he has your qualities, Ventidius. Are you going to write Antony about this?

VENTIDIUS

I’ll humbly signify what in his name,
That magical word of war, we have effected:
How with his banners and his well-paid ranks
The ne’er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia
35We have jaded out o’ th’ field.

VENTIDIUS

I’ll modestly tell him what I have done in his name—that’s the magical wording these days. I’ll write how, under his flag and with his well-paid troops, we have beaten the formerly unvanquished Parthia.

SILIUS

                                                            Where is he now?

SILIUS

Where’s Antony now?

VENTIDIUS

He purposeth to Athens, whither, with what haste
The weight we must convey with’s will permit,
We shall appear before him. (to the soliders) On, there. Pass along!

VENTIDIUS

He plans to go to Athens. We must arrive there before him, as quickly as our baggage train will allow us. (to the soldiers) Get a move on!
Exeunt
They all exit.