Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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CAESAR

Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well.
40The elements be kind to thee and make
Thy spirits all of comfort! Fare thee well.

CAESAR

Good-bye, my dearest sister, good-bye. I hope you have good weather to set your mind at ease. Farewell.

OCTAVIA

My noble brother!

OCTAVIA

My noble brother!
She weeps
She begins to cry.

ANTONY

The April’s in her eyes; it is love’s spring,
And these the showers to bring it on. (to OCTAVIA ) Be cheerful.

ANTONY

Her eyes are like April: full of showers. But they’ll flower into love. (to OCTAVIA ) Be cheerful.

OCTAVIA

45 (to CAESAR ) Sir, look well to my husband’s house, and—

OCTAVIA

(to CAESAR ) Take care of my former husband’s property, and—

CAESAR

What, Octavia?

CAESAR

What is it, Octavia?

OCTAVIA

                               I’ll tell you in your ear.

OCTAVIA

I’ll tell you privately.
She and CAESAR walk aside
She and CAESAR move apart from the group, and she whispers to him.

ANTONY

Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can
Her heart inform her tongue—the swan’s-down feather
That stands upon the swell at the full of tide
50And neither way inclines.

ANTONY

She won’t say what she’s feeling, and she can’t understand her feelings. She’s balanced uneasily, like a feather on the swell of a great wave—she won’t move, even though her situation is about to change.

ENOBARBUS

(aside to AGRIPPA ) Will Caesar weep?

ENOBARBUS

(aside to AGRIPPA ) Do you think Caesar will cry?

AGRIPPA

(aside to ENOBARBUS ) He has a cloud in ’s face.

AGRIPPA

(aside to ENOBARBUS ) He does look like it.

ENOBARBUS

(aside to AGRIPPA ) He were the worse for that, were he a horse;
So is he, being a man.

ENOBARBUS

(aside to AGRIPPA ) If he were a horse, watery eyes would lower his value. Men aren’t supposed to cry, either.

AGRIPPA

  (aside to ENOBARBUS )  Why, Enobarbus,
55When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,
He cried almost to roaring, and he wept
When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.

AGRIPPA

(aside to ENOBARBUS ) Why, Enobarbus, when Antony saw that Julius Caesar was dead, he cried terribly. And he wept when he found that Brutus had been killed at Philippi.