Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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CHARMIAN

15Like her? O Isis, ’tis impossible.

CHARMIAN

Like her? Oh, Isis, that’s impossible.

CLEOPATRA

I think so, Charmian. Dull of tongue, and dwarfish.—
What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
If e’er thou looked’st on majesty.

CLEOPATRA

You’re right, Charmian. She’s both dull-spoken and dwarfishly little.—Did she carry herself with majesty? Compare her to any memory you might have of royalty.

MESSENGER

                                                              She creeps.
Her motion and her station are as one.
20She shows a body rather than a life,
A statue than a breather.

MESSENGER

She creeps along. Moving or standing still, her bearing is about the same. She has a body, not a life. She’s more like a statue than a living, breathing human being.

CLEOPATRA

                                                Is this certain?

CLEOPATRA

Is this true?

MESSENGER

Or I have no observance.

MESSENGER

If not, then I have no powers of observation.

CHARMIAN

                                                 Three in Egypt
Cannot make better note.

CHARMIAN

There aren’t three people in all of Egypt who could do better.

CLEOPATRA

                                                  He’s very knowing,
I do perceive ’t. There’s nothing in her yet.
25The fellow has good judgment.

CLEOPATRA

He’s very observant. I can tell. She doesn’t have anything going for her so far. This messenger is wise.

CHARMIAN

                                                             Excellent.

CHARMIAN

Very wise.

CLEOPATRA

(to MESSENGER ) Guess at her years, I prithee.

CLEOPATRA

(to MESSENGER ) How old do you think she is?

MESSENGER

Madam, she was a widow—

MESSENGER

She was a widow previously, madam.

CLEOPATRA

Widow? Charmian, hark.

CLEOPATRA

A widow? Do you hear that, Charmian?

MESSENGER

And I do think she’s thirty.

MESSENGER

And I think she’s at least thirty.

CLEOPATRA

30Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is ’t long or round?

CLEOPATRA

Do you remember her face? Was it long or round?

MESSENGER

Round, even to faultiness.

MESSENGER

Round enough to be unattractive.

CLEOPATRA

For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
Her hair, what color?

CLEOPATRA

Usually that means a person is foolish. What color is her hair?