Antony and Cleopatra


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Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus


CLEOPATRA

I will be even with thee, doubt it not.


ENOBARBUS

But why, why, why?


CLEOPATRA

Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars,
forspeak (v.), past form forspoke oppose, speak against, object to

And sayst it is not fit.


ENOBARBUS

                         Well, is it, is it?


CLEOPATRA

Is't not denounced against us? Why should not we
denounce (v.) declare, proclaim, announce

Be there in person?


ENOBARBUS

(aside)

                         Well, I could reply:

If we should serve with horse and mares together,

The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely See Topics: Frequency count

A soldier and his horse.


CLEOPATRA

                         What is't you say?


ENOBARBUS

Your presence needs must puzzle Antony,
puzzle (v.) 2 complicate things for, be an embarrassment for

Take from his heart, take from his brain, from's time,

What should not then be spared. He is already

Traduced for levity; and 'tis said in Rome
traduce (v.) defame, slander, calumniate, dishonour

That Photinus, an eunuch, and your maids

Manage this war.
sink (v.) 2 be ruined, give up, perish


CLEOPATRA

                         Sink Rome, and their tongues rot

That speak against us! A charge we bear i'th' war,
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay

And as the president of my kingdom will

Appear there for a man. Speak not against it;

I will not stay behind.

Enter Antony and Canidius


ENOBARBUS

                         Nay, I have done.

Here comes the Emperor.


ANTONY

                         Is it not strange, Canidius,

That from Tarentum and Brundisium

He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea

And take in Toryne? – You have heard on't, sweet?
take in (v.) conquer, subdue, overcome


CLEOPATRA

Celerity is never more admired

Than by the negligent.


ANTONY

                         A good rebuke,

Which might have well becomed the best of men

To taunt at slackness. Canidius, we

Will fight with him by sea.


CLEOPATRA

                         By sea; what else?


CANIDIUS

Why will my lord do so?


ANTONY

                         For that he dares us to't.


ENOBARBUS

So hath my lord dared him to single fight.


CANIDIUS

Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,

Where Caesar fought with Pompey. But these offers,

Which serve not for his vantage, be shakes off;
vantage (n.) 3 advantage, benefit, advancement, profit

And so should you.


ENOBARBUS

                         Your ships are not well manned.

Your mariners are muleters, reapers, people

Engrossed by swift impress. In Caesar's fleet
engross (v.) 1 get together, collect, gather, seize
impress (n.) 1 conscription, enforced service

Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought;

Their ships are yare; yours, heavy. No disgrace
heavy (adj.) 7 slow-moving, sluggish, laggard
yare (adj.) 1 [nautical] manageable, easy to manouevre, ready for sea

Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
fall (v.) 2 befall, fall on, come to

Being prepared for land.


ANTONY

                         By sea, by sea.


ENOBARBUS

Most worthy sir, you therein throw away

The absolute soldiership you have by land,
absolute (adj.) 1 perfect, complete, incomparable

Distract your army, which doth most consist
distract (v.) 1 divide, separate, draw apart

Of war-marked footmen, leave unexecuted
footman (n.) 1 foot-soldier, infantryman
unexecuted (adj.) unused, idle, out of action

Your own renowned knowledge, quite forego

The way which promises assurance, and

Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard
hazard (n.) 1 risk, peril, danger
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely See Topics: Frequency count

From firm security.


ANTONY

                         I'll fight at sea.


CLEOPATRA

I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.


ANTONY

Our overplus of shipping will we burn,
overplus (n.) surplus, excess, superfluity

And with the rest full-manned, from th' head of Actium
head (n.) 8 headland, cape, promontory

Beat th' approaching Caesar. But if we fail,

We then can do't at land.

Enter a Messenger

                         Thy business?


MESSENGER

The news is true, my lord; he is descried.
descry (v.) 1 catch sight of, make out, espy, discover

Caesar has taken Toryne.


ANTONY

Can he be there in person? 'Tis impossible;

Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land

And our twelve thousand horse. We'll to our ship.

Away, my Thetis!

Enter a Soldier

                         How now, worthy soldier?


SOLDIER

O noble emperor, do not fight by sea.

Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt
misdoubt (v.) 2 disbelieve, doubt the reality [of]

This sword and these my wounds? Let th' Egyptians

And the Phoenicians go a-ducking; we

Have used to conquer standing on the earth
use (v.) 1 be accustomed, make a habit [of]

And fighting foot to foot.


ANTONY

                         Well, well; away!

Exeunt Antony, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus


SOLDIER

By Hercules, I think I am i'th' right.


CANIDIUS

Soldier, thou art; but his whole action grows
action (n.) 1 campaign, military action, strategy

Not in the power on't. So our leader's led,
power (n.) 4 force, strength, might

And we are women's men.


SOLDIER

                         You keep by land

The legions and the horse whole, do you not?


CANIDIUS

Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,

Publicola, and Caelius are for sea;

But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar's

Carries beyond belief.
carry (v.) 9 move on, take forward


SOLDIER

                         While he was yet in Rome,

His power went out in such distractions as
distraction (n.) 3 division, small detachment
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Beguiled all spies.
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick


CANIDIUS

                         Who's his lieutenant, hear you?


SOLDIER

They say one Taurus.


CANIDIUS

                         Well I know the man.

Enter a Messenger


MESSENGER

The Emperor calls Canidius.


CANIDIUS

With news the time's with labour and throes forth
throe forth (v.) give painful birth to

Each minute some.

Exeunt

 
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