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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter ENOBARBUS, LAMPRIUS, a SOOTHSAYER, Rannius, LUCILLIUS, CHARMIAN, IRAS, MARDIAN the eunuch, and ALEXAS
ENOBARBUS, LAMPRIUS, the FORTUNETELLER, Rannius, LUCILLUS, CHARMIAN, IRAS, MARDIAN the eunuch, and ALEXAS enter.

CHARMIAN
Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where’s the soothsayer that you praised so to th’ Queen? Oh that I knew this husband, which, you say, must charge his horns with garlands!
CHARMIAN
Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything Alexas, almost the most consummate Alexas, where’s the fortuneteller you recommended so highly to the Queen? Oh, I only wish I knew the name of that husband you said he predicted will have a cheating wife!

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ALEXAS
Soothsayer!
ALEXAS
(calling) Fortuneteller!

SOOTHSAYER
Your will?
FORTUNETELLER
What can I do for you?

CHARMIAN
(to ALEXAS ) Is this the man? (to SOOTHSAYER ) Is ’t you, sir, that know things?
CHARMIAN
(to ALEXAS ) Is this the man you recommended? (to the FORTUNETELLER ) Are you the man who knows the future?


SOOTHSAYER
In nature’s infinite book of secrecy
A little I can read.
FORTUNETELLER
I can understand a few of nature’s infinite secrets.

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ALEXAS
(to CHARMIAN )         Show him your hand.
ALEXAS
(to CHARMIAN ) Give him your hand to read.


ENOBARBUS
(to servants within) Bring in the banquet quickly. Wine enough
Cleopatra’s health to drink.
ENOBARBUS
(to the servants) Bring the dessert in right away, and make sure there’s enough wine to toast Cleopatra’s health.

CHARMIAN
(giving hand to SOOTHSAYER ) Good sir, give me good fortune.
CHARMIAN
(giving her hand to the FORTUNETELLER ) Kind sir, give me a good fortune.

SOOTHSAYER
I make not, but foresee.
FORTUNETELLER
I don’t make fortunes; I only see them.

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CHARMIAN
Pray, then, foresee me one.
CHARMIAN
Then see a good one for me.

SOOTHSAYER
You shall be yet far fairer than you are.
FORTUNETELLER
Your beauty will be even greater than it is now.

CHARMIAN
(to the others) He means in flesh.
CHARMIAN
(to the others) He means I’ll get fat.

IRAS
No, you shall paint when you are old.
IRAS
No, he means you’ll use makeup when you’re old.

CHARMIAN
Wrinkles forbid!
CHARMIAN
May my wrinkles forbid that!

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ALEXAS
Vex not his prescience. Be attentive.
ALEXAS
Don’t joke about his predictions. Pay attention.

CHARMIAN
Hush!
CHARMIAN
Quiet!

SOOTHSAYER
You shall be more beloving than beloved.
FORTUNETELLER
You will love more than you are loved.