Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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LEPIDUS

                                          Worthily spoken, Maecenas.

LEPIDUS

Well put, Maecenas.

ENOBARBUS

110 Or, if you borrow one another’s love for the instant, you may, when you hear no more words of Pompey, return it again. You shall have time to wrangle in when you have nothing else to do.

ENOBARBUS

Or you can pretend to settle your differences until this matter with Pompey is finished. You can argue as much as you like when there’s nothing else to do.

ANTONY

Thou art a soldier only. Speak no more.

ANTONY

You are only a soldier. Be quiet.

ENOBARBUS

115That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.

ENOBARBUS

Oh, I’d forgotten that no one’s supposed to speak the truth.

ANTONY

You wrong this presence. Therefore speak no more.

ANTONY

It’s not appropriate for a soldier to be part of a discussion among noblemen. Don’t speak any further.

ENOBARBUS

Go to, then. Your considerate stone.

ENOBARBUS

As you please. I’ll pretend to be a conscious stone, and think without speaking.

CAESAR

I do not much dislike the matter, but
The manner of his speech, for ’t cannot be
120We shall remain in friendship, our conditions
So diff’ring in their acts. Yet if I knew
What hoop should hold us stanch, from edge to edge
O’ th’ world I would pursue it.

CAESAR

I agree with what he says, though I don’t care for the way he says it. It’s not possible for us to be friends anymore. We’re too different, in both our dispositions and actions. But if there were something that could join us together again, I would go to the ends of the world to find it.

AGRIPPA

Give me leave, Caesar.

AGRIPPA

May I speak, Caesar.

CAESAR

125Speak, Agrippa.

CAESAR

What is it, Agrippa?

AGRIPPA

Thou hast a sister by the mother’s side,
Admired Octavia. Great Mark Antony
Is now a widower.

AGRIPPA

You have a beautiful half-sister, Octavia. Great Mark Antony is a widower now.

CAESAR

                                    Say not so, Agrippa.
If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
130Were well deserved of rashness.

CAESAR

You’d better not make that suggestion, Agrippa. If Cleopatra heard you, you would be well punished for your audacity.