Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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ANTONY

170Where lies he?

ANTONY

Where is he now?

CAESAR

About the Mount Misena.

CAESAR

ANTONY

What is his strength by land?

ANTONY

How large is his land army?

CAESAR

Great and increasing.
But by sea he is an absolute master.

CAESAR

Large and increasing. But his navy rules the sea.

ANTONY

175So is the fame.
Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it.
Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
The business we have talked of.

ANTONY

That’s what I hear. I wish we’d had this conversation sooner. Let’s get down to business—and yet, before we get ready for war, let’s take care of that business we just discussed.

CAESAR

                                                              With most gladness,
And do invite you to my sister’s view,
180Whither straight I’ll lead you.

CAESAR

With pleasure. I’ll introduce you to my sister. Follow me.

ANTONY

Let us, Lepidus, not lack your company.

ANTONY

Come with us, Lepidus.

LEPIDUS

Noble Antony, not sickness should detain me.

LEPIDUS

Noble Antony, even illness couldn’t keep me away.
Flourish. Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS, AGRIPPA, and MAECENAS
Trumpets play a fanfare. Everyone exits except ENOBARBUS, AGRIPPA, and MAECENAS.

MAECENAS

(to ENOBARBUS ) Welcome from Egypt, sir.

MAECENAS

(to ENOBARBUS ) Welcome back from Egypt, sir.

ENOBARBUS

Half the heart of Caesar, worthy Maecenas! My honorable friend, Agrippa.

ENOBARBUS

You’ve become Caesar’s right hand man, Maecenas! It’s good to see you too, Agrippa.

AGRIPPA

Good Enobarbus!

AGRIPPA

Good Enobarbus!

MAECENAS

We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested.
You stayed well by ’t in Egypt.

MAECENAS

We can be happy that things have been resolved so agreeably. And I see you survived your time in Egypt.

ENOBARBUS

Ay, sir, we did sleep day out of countenance and made the night light with drinking.

ENOBARBUS

Yes, sir, it was tough. We confused the daytime by sleeping through it, and made the night merry with our drinking.