Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter Demetrius and Philo
dotage (n.) 1 doting, infatuation, excessive affection

 

PHILO

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Nay, but this dotage of our general's

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O'erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes,
measure (n.) 2 limit, moderation, extent not to be exceeded

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That o'er the files and musters of the war
file (n.) 1 rank of soldiers, formation
muster (n.) 2 (plural) groups of soldiers, ranks

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Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
plated (adj.) wearing plate armour, armour-protected

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The office and devotion of their view
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility

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Upon a tawny front. His captain's heart,
captain (n.) commander, chief, leader
front (n.) 1 forehead, face
tawny (adj.) 1 brown-skinned

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Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst

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The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper,
renege (v.) 1 renounce, refuse, abandon
temper (n.) 3 self-control, self-restraint, moderation

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And is become the bellows and the fan

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To cool a gypsy's lust.

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Flourish. Enter Antony, Cleopatra, her ladies

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Charmian and Iras, the train, with eunuchs fanning

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her

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                         Look where they come.

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Take but good note, and you shall see in him

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The triple pillar of the world transformed
triple (adj.) 1 one of three

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Into a strumpet's fool. Behold and see.
fool (n.) 4 [professional] clown, jester
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore

 

CLEOPATRA

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If it be love indeed, tell me how much.

 

ANTONY

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There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
beggary (n.) beggarliness, niggardliness, meanness
reckon (v.) 1 quantify, calculate, measure

 

CLEOPATRA

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I'll set a bourn how far to be beloved.
bourn (n.) 1 frontier, destination, boundary

 

ANTONY

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Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.

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Enter a Messenger
grate (v.) 1 harass, irritate, aggravate
sum (n.) 1 summary, gist, essence

 

MESSENGER

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News, my good lord, from Rome.

 

ANTONY

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                          Grates me! The sum.

 

CLEOPATRA

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Nay, hear them, Antony.

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Fulvia perchance is angry; or who knows
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe

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If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
scarce-bearded (adj.) with a beard only just emerging, juvenile

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His powerful mandate to you: ‘Do this, or this;

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Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that.
enfranchise (v.) set free, liberate
take in (v.) conquer, subdue, overcome

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Perform't, or else we damn thee.'

 

ANTONY

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                          How, my love?

 

CLEOPATRA

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Perchance? Nay, and most like.
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably

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You must not stay here longer. Your dismission
dismission (n.) 2 discharge from service, permission to leave

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Is come from Caesar. Therefore hear it, Antony.

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Where's Fulvia's process? Caesar's I would say! Both!
process (n.) 4 command, mandate, instructions

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Call in the messengers. As I am Egypt's Queen,

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Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine

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Is Caesar's homager; else so thy cheek pays shame
homager (n.) one who owes homage, vassal

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When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!

 

ANTONY

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Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch

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Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
ranged (adj.) arranged, ordered; or: spacious, extensive

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Kingdoms are clay. Our dungy earth alike
dungy (adj.) dung-like; or: vile, filthy, loathsome

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Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life

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Is to do thus – when such a mutual pair
mutual (adj.) 3 well-matched, complementary

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And such a twain can do't, in which I bind,

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On pain of punishment, the world to weet

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We stand up peerless.
excellent (adj.) 2 [in a bad or neutral sense] exceptionally great, supreme, extreme

 

CLEOPATRA

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                          Excellent falsehood!

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Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her?

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I'll seem the fool I am not. Antony

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Will be himself.
stir (v.) 1 move, rouse, excite

 

ANTONY

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                          But stirred by Cleopatra.

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Now for the love of Love and her soft hours,

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Let's not confound the time with conference harsh.
conference (n.) 1 conversation, talk, discourse
confound (v.) 8 [of time] waste, consume, squander

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There's not a minute of our lives should stretch

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Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment

 

CLEOPATRA

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Hear the ambassadors.

 

ANTONY

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                          Fie, wrangling queen!

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Whom everything becomes – to chide, to laugh,
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove

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To weep; whose every passion fully strives

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To make itself, in thee, fair and admired.

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No messenger but thine; and all alone

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Tonight we'll wander through the streets and note

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The qualities of people. Come, my queen;
quality (n.) 1 nature, disposition, character

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Last night you did desire it. (To the Messenger) Speak not to us.

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Exeunt Antony and Cleopatra with the train

 

DEMETRIUS

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Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?

 

PHILO

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Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,

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He comes too short of that great property
property (n.) 1 quality, character, nature

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Which still should go with Antony.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually

 

DEMETRIUS

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                         I am full sorry

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That he approves the common liar, who
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate

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Thus speaks of him at Rome; but I will hope

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Of better deeds tomorrow. Rest you happy!

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Exeunt

 
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