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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS
CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS enter.

CLEOPATRA
Where is the fellow?
CLEOPATRA
Where is that messenger?

ALEXAS
                                        Half afeard to come.
ALEXAS
He’s afraid to come in.

CLEOPATRA
Go to, go to.—Come hither, sir.
CLEOPATRA
Oh, come on.—Come here, sir.
Enter the MESSENGER as before
The MESSENGER enters.



ALEXAS
                                                                Good majesty,
Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
But when you are well pleased.
ALEXAS
Gracious Queen, even Herod of Judea wouldn’t dare look at you unless you were in a good mood.


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CLEOPATRA
                                                             That Herod’s head
I’ll have! But how? When Antony is gone,
Through whom I might command it? (to MESSENGER ) Come thou near.
CLEOPATRA
I’ll have Herod’s head chopped off! But now that Antony’s gone, who will do it for me? (to MESSENGER ) Come closer.

MESSENGER
Most gracious majesty!
MESSENGER
Most formidable Queen!

CLEOPATRA
                                              Didst thou behold Octavia?
CLEOPATRA
Did you see Octavia?

MESSENGER
Ay, dread Queen.
MESSENGER
Yes, revered Queen.

CLEOPATRA
                                   Where?
CLEOPATRA
Where?



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MESSENGER
                                                   Madam, in Rome.
I looked her in the face, and saw her led
Between her brother and Mark Antony.
MESSENGER
In Rome, Madam. I saw her face as she walked with her brother and Mark Antony.

CLEOPATRA
Is she as tall as me?
CLEOPATRA
Is she as tall as I am?

MESSENGER
                                       She is not, madam.
MESSENGER
She is not, madam.

CLEOPATRA
Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?
CLEOPATRA
Did you hear her speak? Is her voice pitched high or low?

MESSENGER
Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced.
MESSENGER
Madam, I heard her speak. She has a low-pitched voice.

CLEOPATRA
That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.
CLEOPATRA
That’s not in her favor. He can’t like her very long.