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Exit SERVANT
The SERVANT exits.

ENOBARBUS

(aside) Mine honesty and I begin to square.
The loyalty well held to fools does make
Our faith mere folly. Yet he that can endure
To follow with allegiance a fall’n lord
45Does conquer him that did his master conquer
And earns a place i’ th’ story.

ENOBARBUS

(aside) My integrity and I begin to contradict each other. Being loyal to a fool makes loyalty foolish. But a person who can bear to keep his allegiance to a defeated lord defeats his lord’s conqueror and earns a place in history.
Enter THIDIAS
THIDIAS enters.

CLEOPATRA

                                                          Caesar’s will?

CLEOPATRA

What does Caesar want?

THIDIAS

Hear it apart.

THIDIAS

It is for your ears only.

CLEOPATRA

                          None but friends. Say boldly.

CLEOPATRA

There are only friends here. Speak confidently.

THIDIAS

So haply are they friends to Antony.

THIDIAS

So they are possibly Antony’s friends.

ENOBARBUS

He needs as many, sir, as Caesar has,
50Or needs not us. If Caesar please, our master
Will leap to be his friend. For us, you know
Whose he is we are, and that is Caesar’s.

ENOBARBUS

Sir, he should have as many as Caesar has. If he had that many friends, then he wouldn’t need us. If Caesar chose, Antony would jump at the chance to be his friend. As for us, you know we are Antony’s, and he is Caesar’s.

THIDIAS

So.—
Thus then, thou most renowned: Caesar entreats
55Not to consider in what case thou stand’st,
Further than he is Caesar.

THIDIAS

So be it. This, then, this is the message Caesar sends to you, famous Queen: he implores you not to be concerned about your situation. Just remember that he is Caesar.

CLEOPATRA

                                                    Go on. Right royal.

CLEOPATRA

Respectfully put. Go on.

THIDIAS

He knows that you embrace not Antony
As you did love, but as you feared him.

THIDIAS

He knows that you didn’t embrace Antony because you loved him, but because you feared him.