Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 1 Scene 3
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60Look here, and at thy sovereign leisure read
The garboils she awaked, at the last, best,
See when and where she died.
Look at this. Take your royal time and read about the quarrels she encouraged. And saving the best for last, read when and where she died.

CLEOPATRA

                                                          O most false love!
Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill
With sorrowful water? Now I see, I see,
65In Fulvia’s death how mine received shall be.

CLEOPATRA

ANTONY

Quarrel no more, but be prepared to know
The purposes I bear, which are or cease
As you shall give th’ advice. By the fire
That quickens Nilus’ slime, I go from hence
70Thy soldier, servant, making peace or war
As thou affects.

ANTONY

Stop arguing and listen to my plans. Whether I go ahead with them or not is completely up to you. I swear by the sun that when I leave here, it will be as your faithful servant. I will make either peace or war, whichever you prefer.

CLEOPATRA

Cut my lace, Charmian, come!
But let it be. I am quickly ill, and well,
So Antony loves.

CLEOPATRA

Cut my corset laces, Charmian, so I can breathe. Hurry! No, leave it alone. I waver easily between sickness and health. Just as Antony loves.

ANTONY

75My precious Queen, forbear,
And give true evidence to his love which stands
An honorable trial.

ANTONY

Control yourself, my precious Queen, and concede that my love is true. It has endured many genuine trials.

CLEOPATRA

So Fulvia told me.
I prithee, turn aside and weep for her.
80Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears
Belong to Egypt. Good now, play one scene
Of excellent dissembling, and let it look
Like perfect honor.

CLEOPATRA

That’s what Fulvia told me. I beg you, turn away and cry for her. Then say good-bye to me and tell me those tears were for my benefit. Good. Now perform a scene for me, using your excellent skills of playacting, and pretend that you’re being honorable and righteous.