Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 3

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Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS
CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS enter.

CLEOPATRA

Where is the fellow?

CLEOPATRA

Where is that messenger?

ALEXAS

                                        Half afeard to come.

ALEXAS

He’s afraid to come in.

CLEOPATRA

Go to, go to.—Come hither, sir.

CLEOPATRA

Oh, come on.—Come here, sir.
Enter the MESSENGER as before
The MESSENGER enters.

ALEXAS

                                                                Good majesty,
Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
But when you are well pleased.

ALEXAS

Gracious Queen, even Herod of Judea wouldn’t dare look at you unless you were in a good mood.

CLEOPATRA

                                                             That Herod’s head
5I’ll have! But how? When Antony is gone,
Through whom I might command it? (to MESSENGER ) Come thou near.

CLEOPATRA

I’ll have Herod’s head chopped off! But now that Antony’s gone, who will do it for me? (to MESSENGER ) Come closer.

MESSENGER

Most gracious majesty!

MESSENGER

Most formidable Queen!

CLEOPATRA

                                              Didst thou behold Octavia?

CLEOPATRA

Did you see Octavia?

MESSENGER

Ay, dread Queen.

MESSENGER

Yes, revered Queen.

CLEOPATRA

                                   Where?

CLEOPATRA

Where?

MESSENGER

                                                   Madam, in Rome.
I looked her in the face, and saw her led
10Between her brother and Mark Antony.

MESSENGER

In Rome, Madam. I saw her face as she walked with her brother and Mark Antony.

CLEOPATRA

Is she as tall as me?

CLEOPATRA

Is she as tall as I am?

MESSENGER

                                       She is not, madam.

MESSENGER

She is not, madam.

CLEOPATRA

Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?

CLEOPATRA

Did you hear her speak? Is her voice pitched high or low?

MESSENGER

Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced.

MESSENGER

Madam, I heard her speak. She has a low-pitched voice.

CLEOPATRA

That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.

CLEOPATRA

That’s not in her favor. He can’t like her very long.