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Enter ANTONY , CAESAR ; OCTAVIA between them
ANTONY and CAESAR enter with OCTAVIA between them.

ANTONY

(toOCTAVIA) The world and my great office will sometimes
Divide me from your bosom.

ANTONY

(toOCTAVIA) There will be times when my duties and responsibilities take me away from you.

OCTAVIA

All which time
Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers
To them for you.

OCTAVIA

And I will spend our time apart on my knees, praying for you.

ANTONY

(toCAESAR) Good night, sir.My Octavia,
5 Read not my blemishes in the worlds report.
I have not kept my square, but that to come
Shall all be done by th rule. Good night, dear lady.
(toCAESAR) Good night, sir.

ANTONY

(toCAESAR) Good night, sir. My Octavia, dont believe everything you hear about me. I havent always lived a conventional life, but the future will be by the book. Good night, dear lady. (toCAESAR) Good night, sir.

CAESAR

Good night.

CAESAR

Good night.
He exits with OCTAVIA CAESAR and OCTAVIA exit.
Enter SOOTHSAYER
The FORTUNETELLER enters.

ANTONY

10 Now, sirrah, you do wish yourself in Egypt?

ANTONY

Now,

sirrah

term of address for a person of lower status

sirrah
, I hear you wish you were back in Egypt.

SOOTHSAYER

Would I had never come from thence, nor you thither.

FORTUNETELLER

I wish I had never left Egypt and that you had never come to Egypt.

ANTONY

If you can, your reason?

ANTONY

Tell me why, if you can.

SOOTHSAYER

I see it in my motion, have it not in my tongue. But yet hie you to Egypt again.

FORTUNETELLER

Its a feeling, but nothing I can put into words. But you had better get back to Egypt again.

ANTONY

15 Say to me whose fortunes shall rise higher,
Caesars or mine?

ANTONY

Tell me who shall have the better luck, Caesar or me?

SOOTHSAYER

Caesars.
Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side.
Thy dmonthat thy spirit which keeps theeis
20 Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable
Where Caesars is not. But near him thy angel
Becomes afeard, as being oerpowered. Therefore
Make space enough between you.

FORTUNETELLER

Caesar. So youd better not stay with him, Antony. Your guardian angel is noble, courageous, significant, and unmatched when Caesars not around. But when you are with him, your angel is weakened and easily frightened. Thats why there must be space between you.

ANTONY

Speak this no more.

ANTONY

Dont speak of this again.

SOOTHSAYER

To none but thee, no more but when to thee.
25 If thou dost play with him at any game,
Thou art sure to lose, and of that natural luck
He beats thee gainst the odds. Thy luster thickens
When he shines by. I say again, thy spirit
Is all afraid to govern thee near him,
30 But, he away, tis noble.

FORTUNETELLER

To none but you, only to you. You will surely lose any game you play with Caesar. With his natural luck, he will beat you even against the odds. Your light dulls when he is near. I repeat: your angel is afraid to inspire you when youre around him, but when he goes away it becomes brilliant again.

ANTONY

Get thee gone.
Say to Ventidius I would speak with him.

ANTONY

Leave now. Tell Ventidius I want to speak with him.
Exit SOOTHSAYER The FORTUNETELLER exits.
(to himself) He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap,
He hath spoken true. The very dice obey him,
And in our sports my better cunning faints
35 Under his chance. If we draw lots, he speeds.
His cocks do win the battle still of mine
When it is all to naught, and his quails ever
Beat mine, inhooped, at odds. I will to Egypt.
And though I make this marriage for my peace,
40 I th East my pleasure lies.
(to himself) Ill send him to Parthia. Whether hes truly gifted or just lucky, what the Fortuneteller said is true. Even the dice obey Caesar. When we compete in sports, my skill is defeated by his luck. If we pick numbers in a lottery, he wins. His roosters always beat mine at the cockfights. His quails beat mine, even against the odds, when mine have the advantage. Ill return to Egypt. Though Ive made this marriage to keep peace with Caesar, my pleasure remains in the East, with Cleopatra.
Enter VENTIDIUS
VENTIDIUS enters.
O come, Ventidius.
You must to Parthia. Your commissions ready.
Follow me and receive t.
Come here, Ventidius. You must go to Parthia. Your authorization is ready. Come with me and Ill get it for you.
Exeunt They exit.