Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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Enter DOLABELLA
DOLABELLA enters.

DOLABELLA

Where’s the Queen?

DOLABELLA

Where’s the Queen?

CHARMIAN

                                        Behold, sir.

CHARMIAN

Look, sir.
Exit
She exits.

CLEOPATRA

                                                                Dolabella!

CLEOPATRA

Dolabella.

DOLABELLA

Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Which my love makes religion to obey,
200I tell you this: Caesar through Syria
Intends his journey, and within three days
You with your children will he send before.
Make your best use of this. I have performed
Your pleasure and my promise.

DOLABELLA

Madam, according to my promise—which my love to you has made a religious vow—I tell you that Caesar intends to travel through Syria. Within three days you and your children will be sent ahead. Make the best use of this information you can. I have done your bidding and fulfilled my promise.

CLEOPATRA

                                                             Dolabella,
205I shall remain your debtor.

CLEOPATRA

Dolabella, I will always be in debt to you.

DOLABELLA

                                                    I your servant.
Adieu, good Queen. I must attend on Caesar.

DOLABELLA

And I your servant. Good-bye, good Queen. I must go attend Caesar.

CLEOPATRA

Farewell, and thanks.

CLEOPATRA

Farewell, and thanks.
Exit DOLABELLA
DOLABELLA exits.
                                            Now, Iras, what think’st thou?
Thou an Egyptian puppet shalt be shown
In Rome, as well as I. Mechanic slaves
210With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers shall
Uplift us to the view. In their thick breaths,
Rank of gross diet, shall be enclouded,
And forced to drink their vapor.
Now, Iras, what do you think? You will be exhibited in Rome along with me, like Egyptian puppets. Crude slaves with greasy aprons, rulers, and hammers shall lift us up so everyone can see. Their stinking breath will form a cloud around us, and we’ll be forced to inhale it.