Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 10

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SCARUS

                                             She once being loofed,
The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
20Claps on his sea-wing and, like a doting mallard
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her.
I never saw an action of such shame.
Experience, manhood, honor, ne’er before
Did violate so itself.

SCARUS

Once she had turned around, the noble Antony, ruined by love, hoisted his own sails and followed her like a lovesick duck. He left the battle at the most crucial point. I never saw such a shameful act. He betrayed his own experience, manhood, and honor.

ENOBARBUS

                                         Alack, alack!

ENOBARBUS

Terrible. Terrible.
Enter CANIDIUS
CANIDIUS enters.

CANIDIUS

25Our fortune on the sea is out of breath
And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
Been what he knew himself, it had gone well.
Oh, he has given example for our flight
Most grossly by his own!

CANIDIUS

The battle on the sea is almost lost. If our general had been his old self, we would have won. Oh, with his sordid desertion, he sets the example for our own.

ENOBARBUS

30Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good night indeed.

ENOBARBUS

Are you considering desertion, as well? Then everything must really be finished.

CANIDIUS

Toward Peloponnesus are they fled.

CANIDIUS

They fled toward Peloponnesus.

SCARUS

’Tis easy to ’t, and there I will attend
What further comes.

SCARUS

It’s easy to get there. I’ll go there and ascertain their next move.
He exits
He exits.

CANIDIUS

                                          To Caesar will I render
My legions and my horse. Six kings already
35Show me the way of yielding.

CANIDIUS

I’ll yield my legions and cavalry to Caesar. In this, I follow the examples of the six kings who have already surrendered.
He exits
He exits.