Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 13

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

CLEOPATRA

What shall we do, Enobarbus?

CLEOPATRA

What are we going to do, Enobarbus?

ENOBARBUS

                                                            Think and die.

ENOBARBUS

Think about our situation, then die.

CLEOPATRA

Is Antony or we in fault for this?

CLEOPATRA

Who is to blame for this: Antony or I?

ENOBARBUS

Antony only, that would make his will
Lord of his reason. What though you fled
5From that great face of war, whose several ranges
Frighted each other? Why should he follow?
The itch of his affection should not then
Have nicked his captainship at such a point
When half to half the world opposed, he being
10The merèd question. ’Twas a shame no less
Than was his loss, to course your flying flags
And leave his navy gazing.

ENOBARBUS

Only Antony was at fault. He put his desire in charge of his reason. So what if you ran from the battle, terrified, as ranks of ships threatened one another? Why should he have followed you? With half the world opposing the other half, it wasn’t the time for Antony, the pivotal player, to let love distract him. To race after your departing ships, leaving his navy to watch, was a shame as great as the resulting loss.

CLEOPATRA

                                                    Prithee, peace.

CLEOPATRA

Please, let’s not talk about it.
Enter AMBASSADOR with ANTONY
The AMBASSADOR and ANTONY enter.

ANTONY

Is that his answer?

ANTONY

Is that his answer?

AMBASSADOR

Ay, my lord.

AMBASSADOR

Yes, my lord.

ANTONY

15The Queen shall then have courtesy, so she
Will yield us up?

ANTONY

The Queen will be treated fairly if she gives me up?

AMBASSADOR

                                  He says so.

AMBASSADOR

That’s what he says.

ANTONY

                                                           Let her know ’t.—
(to CLEOPATRA ) To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head,
And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
With principalities.

ANTONY

Tell her. (to CLEOPATRA ) If you send my aged head to that boy, Caesar, he’ll give you all the kingdoms you want.