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Exeunt attendants. ANTONY sits down
The attendants exit. ANTONY sits.
Enter CLEOPATRA, led by CHARMIAN, IRAS, and EROS
CHARMIAN, IRAS, and EROS enter, supporting CLEOPATRA.

EROS

25Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.

EROS

No, gentle madam, go. Comfort him.

IRAS

Do, most dear Queen.

IRAS

Yes, do, dearest Queen.

CHARMIAN

Do. Why, what else?

CHARMIAN

Of course you must comfort him! What else?

CLEOPATRA

Let me sit down. O Juno!

CLEOPATRA

She sits
She sits.

ANTONY

(seeing CLEOPATRA ) No, no, no, no, no.

ANTONY

(seeing CLEOPATRA ) No, no, no, no, no.

EROS

30See you here, sir?

EROS

Do you see her, sir?

ANTONY

Oh, fie, fie, fie!

ANTONY

Oh, damn, damn, damn!

CHARMIAN

Madam!

CHARMIAN

Madam!

IRAS

Madam, O good Empress!

IRAS

Madam, oh, good Empress!

EROS

Sir, sir—

EROS

Sir . . . sir . . .

ANTONY

35 (aside) Yes, my lord, yes. He at Philippi kept
His sword e’en like a dancer, while I struck
The lean and wrinkled Cassius, and ’twas I
That the mad Brutus ended. He alone
Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
40In the brave squares of war, yet now—no matter.

ANTONY

(to himself) Yes, my lord, that’s true. At Philippi, Caesar kept his sword in its sheath, like a dancer, while I commanded the armies that conquered Cassius and Brutus. Caesar fought only through lieutenants. He had no experience with the brave contests of war. But now . . . never mind.

CLEOPATRA

Ah, stand by.

CLEOPATRA

Ah, give us some privacy.

EROS

                             The Queen, my lord, the Queen.

EROS

The Queen is here, my lord.

IRAS

Go to him, madam, speak to him.
He is unqualitied with very shame.

IRAS

Go to him, madam, speak to him. He’s not himself because he feels so ashamed.