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A great drama of affection and struggle, this riveting tragedy provides considered one of Shakespeare's maximum woman characters—the seductive, crafty Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Roman chief Mark Antony, a digital prisoner of his ardour for her, is a guy torn among excitement and advantage, among sensual indolence and responsibility . . . among an empire and love. daring, wealthy, and opulent in its environment and feelings, Antony And Cleopatra ranks between Shakespeare's best achievements.

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ANTONY Where died she? THIRD MESSENGER In Sicyon. Her length of sickness, with what else more serious Importeth thee to know, this bears. ] ANTONY Forbear me. Thus did I desire it. The present pleasure, By revolution lowering, does become The opposite of itself: she’s good, being gone; The hand could pluck her back that shoved her on. I must from this enchanting queen break off: Ten thousand harms, more than the ills I know, My idleness doth hatch. Enter Enobarbus. How now, Enobarbus! ENOBARBUS What’s your pleasure, sir?

ANTONY How, my love? Nay, and most like: You must not stay here longer, your dismission Is come from Caesar; therefore hear it, Antony. Where’s Fulvia’s process - Caesar ’s I would say - both? The messengers! The nobleness of life Is to do thus, when such a mutual pair And such a twain can do’t, in which I bind, On pain of punishment, the world to weet We stand up peerless. , like an army) CLEOPATRA Excellent falsehood! Why did he marry Fulvia and not love her? Antony Will be himself. ANTONY But stirred by Cleopatra.

CLEOPATRA Thou, eunuch Mardian! MARDIAN What’s your highness’ pleasure? Hast thou affections? MARDIAN Yes, gracious madam. CLEOPATRA Indeed? MARDIAN Not in deed, madam; for I can do nothing But what indeed is honest to be done: Yet have I fierce affections, and think What Venus did with Mars. Stands he, or sits he? Or is he on his horse? O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony! For wot’st thou whom thou mov’st? Broad-fronted Caesar, When thou wast here above the ground, I was A morsel for a monarch; and great Pompey Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow; There would he anchor his aspect, and die With looking on his life.

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