Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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ANTONY

                                                          Not so, not so.
I know you could not lack, I am certain on ’t,
Very necessity of this thought, that I,
65Your partner in the cause ’gainst which he fought,
Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars
Which fronted mine own peace. As for my wife,
I would you had her spirit in such another.
The third o’ th’ world is yours, which with a snaffle
70You may pace easy, but not such a wife.

ANTONY

Not true, not true. You know I would never approve a war against my own cause. As for my wife, if only you had such a wife. It’s easier to rule a third of the world than a wife like that.

ENOBARBUS

Would we had all such wives, that the men might go to wars with the women!

ENOBARBUS

We should all have wives like that. Then the women could go to war with the men.

ANTONY

So much uncurbable, her garboils, Caesar,
Made out of her impatience—which not wanted
75Shrewdness of policy too—I grieving grant
Did you too much disquiet. For that you must
But say I could not help it.

ANTONY

I had no control over her uprisings, Caesar, which arose from her impatience—and were shrewdly undertaken, as well. I’m sorry she caused you so much trouble. But you can’t blame me for her offenses.

CAESAR

                                                    I wrote to you
When rioting in Alexandria. You
Did pocket up my letters and with taunts
80Did gibe my missive out of audience.

CAESAR

I sent you a letter while you were carousing in Alexandria. You put my letters in your pocket without reading them and then mocked my messenger out of the room.

ANTONY

                                                                        Sir,
He fell upon me ere admitted, then.
Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want
Of what I was i’ th’ morning. But next day
I told him of myself, which was as much
85As to have asked him pardon. Let this fellow
Be nothing of our strife. If we contend,
Out of our question wipe him.

ANTONY

Sir, he burst into the room without invitation, just after I had come from an important banquet with three kings. I was not myself, as a result of the wine. The next day I explained all this to him, which was as good as begging his pardon. Let’s not fight over this fellow. If we must argue, let us remove him from our arguments.