Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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CHARMIAN

70Amen.

CHARMIAN

Amen.

ALEXAS

(to himself) Lo now, if it lay in their hands to make me a cuckold, they would make themselves whores but they’d do ’t.

ALEXAS

(to himself) See! If they could make me a cuckold, they’d whore themselves in order to see it done.

ENOBARBUS

Hush! Here comes Antony.

ENOBARBUS

Quiet! Here comes Antony.

CHARMIAN

Not he. The Queen.

CHARMIAN

It’s not him; it’s the Queen.
Enter CLEOPATRA
CLEOPATRA enters.

CLEOPATRA

75Saw you my lord?

CLEOPATRA

Have you seen my lord?

ENOBARBUS

No, lady.

ENOBARBUS

No, lady.

CLEOPATRA

Was he not here?

CLEOPATRA

Wasn’t he here?

CHARMIAN

No, madam.

CHARMIAN

No, madam.

CLEOPATRA

He was disposed to mirth, but on the sudden
80A Roman thought hath struck him.—Enobarbus!

CLEOPATRA

He was in a good mood, and then suddenly he started thinking of Rome. Enobarbus?

ENOBARBUS

Madam?

ENOBARBUS

Madam?

CLEOPATRA

Seek him and bring him hither.—
Where’s Alexas?

CLEOPATRA

Find him and bring him here. Where’s Alexas?

ALEXAS

Here at your service. My lord approaches.

ALEXAS

Here, at your service. Here comes my lord.
Enter ANTONY with the FIRST MESSENGER
ANTONY and the FIRST MESSENGER enter.

CLEOPATRA

85We will not look upon him. Go with us.

CLEOPATRA

Exeunt all but ANTONY and the FIRST MESSENGER
Everyone follows CLEOPATRA out, leaving ANTONY and the FIRST MESSENGER.

FIRST MESSENGER

Fulvia thy wife first came into the field.

FIRST MESSENGER

Your wife, Fulvia, mustered her army first.

ANTONY

Against my brother Lucius?

ANTONY

Against my brother Lucius?

FIRST MESSENGER

Ay.
But soon that war had end, and the time’s state
90Made friends of them, joining their force ’gainst Caesar,
Whose better issue in the war from Italy
Upon the first encounter drave them.

FIRST MESSENGER

Yes. But that war ended as soon as circumstances made it advisable for them to join together against Caesar. But in their very first battle, Caesar won and drove them out of Italy.