Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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PROCULEIUS

                                                     You do extend
These thoughts of horror further than you shall
Find cause in Caesar.

PROCULEIUS

You’re letting yourself get carried away with these horrible thoughts. You’ll see that Caesar is giving you no reason to do so.
Enter DOLABELLA
DOLABELLA enters.

DOLABELLA

                                            Proculeius,
What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows,
65And he hath sent for thee. For the Queen,
I’ll take her to my guard.

DOLABELLA

Proculeius, Caesar has heard about what you’ve done here and has sent for you. I’ll take the Queen into my custody.

PROCULEIUS

                                                 So, Dolabella,
It shall content me best. Be gentle to her.
(to CLEOPATRA ) To Caesar I will speak what you shall please,
If you’ll employ me to him.

PROCULEIUS

So be it, Dolabella. Caesar’s thanks are my greatest reward. Be kind to her. (to CLEOPATRA ) I’ll relay to Caesar any request you want to give me.

CLEOPATRA

                                                      Say I would die.

CLEOPATRA

Tell him I’d like to die.
Exit PROCULEIUS
PROCULEIUS exits.

DOLABELLA

70Most noble Empress, you have heard of me?

DOLABELLA

Have you heard of me, most noble Empress?

CLEOPATRA

I cannot tell.

CLEOPATRA

I don’t remember.

DOLABELLA

Assuredly you know me.

DOLABELLA

I’m sure you’ve heard of me.

CLEOPATRA

No matter, sir, what I have heard or known.
You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams.
75Is ’t not your trick?

CLEOPATRA

It doesn’t matter what I’ve heard or known. You must be the one who laughs when boys or women tell you their dreams. Isn’t that your habit?

DOLABELLA

                                      I understand not, madam.

DOLABELLA

I don’t know what you mean, madam.

CLEOPATRA

I dreamt there was an emperor Antony.
Oh, such another sleep, that I might see
But such another man!

CLEOPATRA

I dreamed about an emperor called Antony. Oh, I wish I could sleep again, so I could have another dream like that!