Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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Trumpets within
Trumpets sound.
                                                                             So,
This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.
So, there’s the signal to ride. Good-bye, noble Agrippa.

AGRIPPA

Good fortune, worthy soldier, and farewell.

AGRIPPA

Good luck, worthy soldier, and good-bye.
Enter CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, and OCTAVIA
CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, and OCTAVIA enter.

ANTONY

No further, sir.

ANTONY

You can’t go any further with us, sir.

CAESAR

You take from me a great part of myself;
25Use me well in ’t.—Sister, prove such a wife
As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest bond
Shall pass on thy approof.—Most noble Antony,
Let not the piece of virtue, which is set
Betwixt us as the cement of our love,
30To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
The fortress of it. For better might we
Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
This be not cherished.

CAESAR

You take an important part of myself with you. Treat it well . . . . Sister, be the kind of wife I hope you will be, and that this great contract rests upon your being . . . Gracious Antony, don’t let my sister, this epitome of virtue that connects us, become the reason we separate.
If you and I don’t value her equally, it would be better for us to work out our differences without her.

ANTONY

                                            Make me not offended
In your distrust.

ANTONY

Don’t insult me with your distrust.

CAESAR

                                 I have said.

CAESAR

I mean what I say.

ANTONY

                                                         You shall not find,
35Though you be therein curious, the least cause
For what you seem to fear. So the gods keep you
And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends.
We will here part.

ANTONY

You won’t find any cause for anxiety, even if you look for one. So, may the gods protect you and change the hearts of the Romans so that they turn and give you their support. We’ll leave you here.