Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter a company of Soldiers


FIRST SOLDIER

Brother, good night. Tomorrow is the day.


SECOND SOLDIER

It will determine one way. Fare you well.
determine (v.) 3 be decided, be concluded, make an end

Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?


FIRST SOLDIER

Nothing. What news?


SECOND SOLDIER

Belike 'tis but a rumour. Good night
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

to you.


FIRST SOLDIER

Well, sir, good night.

They meet other Soldiers


SECOND SOLDIER

Soldiers, have careful watch.


THIRD SOLDIER

And you. Good night, good night.

They place themselves in every corner of the stage


SECOND SOLDIER

Here we. An if tomorrow

Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope

Our landmen will stand up.
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count
landman (n.) fighter on land [as opposed to sea]


FIRST SOLDIER

                         'Tis a brave army,

And full of purpose.

Music of hautboys under the stage
hautboy (n.) type of musical instrument; oboe See Topics: Stage directions
noise (n.) 3 musical sounds, melodious noises


SECOND SOLDIER

                         Peace! What noise?


FIRST SOLDIER

                                                         List, list!


SECOND SOLDIER

Hark!


FIRST SOLDIER

                         Music i'th' air.


THIRD SOLDIER

                                                         Under the earth.


FOURTH SOLDIER

It signs well, does it not?
sign (v.) 3 augur, bode, signify


THIRD SOLDIER

                         No.


FIRST SOLDIER

                                                         Peace, I say!

What should this mean?


SECOND SOLDIER

'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,

Now leaves him.


FIRST SOLDIER

                         Walk; let's see if other watchmen

Do hear what we do.


SECOND SOLDIER

How now, masters?


ALL

(speaking together)

How now? How now? Do you

hear this?


FIRST SOLDIER

Ay. Is't not strange?


THIRD SOLDIER

Do you hear, masters? Do you hear?


FIRST SOLDIER

Follow the noise so far as we have quarter.
quarter (n.) 6 period of watch

Let's see how it will give off.
give off (v.) 1 cease, leave the area


ALL

Content. 'Tis strange.
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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