Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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AGRIPPA

                                                   Royal wench!
She made great Caesar lay his sword to bed.
He plowed her, and she cropped.

AGRIPPA

Royal seductress! She lured Julius Caesar into her bed, he made love to her, and she bore

his child

Their son, Caesarion

his child
.

ENOBARBUS

                                                                I saw her once
240Hop forty paces through the public street,
And having lost her breath, she spoke, and panted,
That she did make defect perfection,
And, breathless, pour breathe forth.

ENOBARBUS

I saw her once hop forty feet down the street. When she stopped she was so out of breath that she was panting. Her beauty made even that weakness seem perfect, and even in her breathlessness she seemed to pour out breath.

MAECENAS

Now Antony must leave her utterly.

MAECENAS

Now Antony has to leave her completely.

ENOBARBUS

245Never. He will not.
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies, for vilest things
250Become themselves in her, that the holy priests
Bless her when she is riggish.

ENOBARBUS

He’ll never leave her. Age won’t wither her, and her charms are so varied that she never grows boring. With other women, the more familiar you grow with them the less appealing they become. Cleopatra, on the other hand, makes you desire her the more you see her. Even her worst faults are charming, and holy priests bless her even when she acts the slut.

MAECENAS

If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle
The heart of Antony, Octavia is
A blessèd lottery to him.

MAECENAS

If beauty, wisdom, and modesty can settle Antony’s restless heart, Octavia will be the best thing that has ever happened to him.

AGRIPPA

                                                 Let us go.
255Good Enobarbus, make yourself my guest
Whilst you abide here.

AGRIPPA

Let’s go. Good Enobarbus, consider yourself my guest as long as you’re here.

ENOBARBUS

                                             Humbly, sir, I thank you.

ENOBARBUS

I humbly thank you.