Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

page Act 5 Scene 2 Page 6

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DOLABELLA

                                                        Hear me, good madam.
Your loss is as yourself, great, and you bear it
As answering to the weight. Would I might never
O’ertake pursued success, but I do feel,
By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
105My very heart at root.

DOLABELLA

Listen to me, madam. You are a remarkable person and your loss is equally remarkable. You are responding appropriately to the greatness of that loss. I hope I never achieve success if I don’t feel some of your heartbroken grief right now.

CLEOPATRA

                                            I thank you, sir.
Know you what Caesar means to do with me?

CLEOPATRA

Thank you, sir. Do you know what Caesar intends to do with me?

DOLABELLA

I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.

DOLABELLA

I’m reluctant to tell you what I wish you knew.

CLEOPATRA

Nay, pray you, sir.

CLEOPATRA

Please, sir—

DOLABELLA

                                     Though he be honorable—

DOLABELLA

Though he is honorable—

CLEOPATRA

He’ll lead me, then, in triumph.

CLEOPATRA

He’ll still parade me through Rome as a trophy of war.

DOLABELLA

110Madam, he will. I know ’t.

DOLABELLA

I know he will, madam.
Flourish. Enter CAESAR, PROCULEIUS, GALLUS, MAECENAS, and other ATTENDANTS
Trumpets sound a royal fanfare. CAESAR, PROCULEIUS, GALLUS, MAECENAS, and other ATTENDANTS enter.

ATTENDANTS

Make way there! Caesar!

ATTENDANTS

Stand aside for Caesar.

CAESAR

Which is the Queen of Egypt?

CAESAR

Which of these ladies is the Queen of Egypt?

DOLABELLA

(to CLEOPATRA ) It is the Emperor, madam.

DOLABELLA

(to CLEOPATRA ) It’s the Emperor, madam.
CLEOPATRA kneels
CLEOPATRA kneels.

CAESAR

Arise, you shall not kneel.
115I pray you, rise. Rise, Egypt.

CAESAR

Arise. You need not kneel to me. Please rise, Queen.

CLEOPATRA

                                                     Sir, the gods
Will have it thus. My master and my lord
I must obey.

CLEOPATRA

The gods have ordained it to be like this, sir. You are my lord and master. I must obey.