Antony and Cleopatra

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Antony and Octavia


Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that;

That were excusable, that, and thousands more

Of semblable import – but he hath waged
semblable (adj.) similar, like, comparable

New wars 'gainst Pompey; made his will, and read it

To public ear;

Spoke scantly of me; when perforce he could not
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count
scantly (adv.) scantily, grudgingly, half-heartedly

But pay me terms of honour, cold and sickly

He vented them, most narrow measure lent me;
measure (n.) 1 extent, size, amount, quantity, mass
narrow (adj.) limited, very small, poor
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim

When the best hint was given him, he not took't,
hint (n.) 1 opportunity, moment, chance

Or did it from his teeth.
teeth, from one's in a pretended way, without conviction


                         O, my good lord,

Believe not all; or, if you must believe,

Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady,
stomach (v.) resent, take offence at

If this division chance, ne'er stood between,
chance (v.) 1 happen [to], transpire, come about

Praying for both parts.

The good gods will mock me presently
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

When I shall pray ‘ O, bless my lord and husband!’;

Undo that prayer by crying out as loud

‘ O, bless my brother!’ Husband win, win brother,

Prays, and destroys the prayer; no midway

'Twixt these extremes at all.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


                         Gentle Octavia,

Let your best love draw to that point which seeks

Best to preserve it. If I lose mine honour,

I lose myself; better I were not yours

Than yours so branchless. But, as you requested,
branchless (adj.) maimed, disfigured, cut down

Yourself shall go between's. The meantime, lady,

I'll raise the preparation of a war

Shall stain your brother. Make your soonest haste;
stain (v.) 2 eclipse, belittle, put in the shade

So your desires are yours.


                         Thanks to my lord.

The Jove of power make me, most weak, most weak,

Your reconciler! Wars 'twixt you twain would be

As if the world should cleave, and that slain men

Should solder up the rift.
solder (v.) unite, interlink, fasten


When it appears to you where this begins,

Turn your displeasure that way, for our faults

Can never be so equal that your love

Can equally move with them. Provide your going;
provide (v.) 2 prepare, make ready, plan

Choose your own company, and command what cost
cost (n.) 1 outlay, expense, expenditure

Your heart has mind to.


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