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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, and IRAS, with others
ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, and IRAS enter, with attendants.

ANTONY
He will not fight with me, Domitius?
ANTONY
He won’t fight with me, Domitius?

ENOBARBUS
                                                                        No.
ENOBARBUS
No.

ANTONY
Why should he not?
ANTONY
Why won’t he?


ENOBARBUS
He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
He is twenty men to one.
ENOBARBUS
He thinks that since his fortune is twenty times better than yours, it would be like pitting twenty men against one.


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ANTONY
                                                 Tomorrow, soldier,
By sea and land I’ll fight. Or I will live
Or bathe my dying honor in the blood
Shall make it live again. Woo’t thou fight well?
ANTONY
Tomorrow, soldier, I’ll fight by sea and land. By the end I will either live, or else I’ll restore my honor by shedding my blood. Will you fight well?

ENOBARBUS
I’ll strike and cry, “Take all.”
ENOBARBUS
When I strike, I’ll cry, “All or nothing!”


ANTONY
                                                          Well said. Come on!
Call forth my household servants.
ANTONY
Well put. Come on. Call out my household servants.
Enter three or four SERVITORS
Three or four SERVANTS enter.

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                                                                   Let’s tonight
Be bounteous at our meal.
Tonight let’s have plenty to eat.
Greeting them one by one
He greets the SERVANTS one by one.



                                                     Give me thy hand.
Thou hast been rightly honest.—So hast thou,—
Thou,—and thou,—and thou. You have served me well,
And kings have been your fellows.
Give me your hand; you’ve been truly honest—so have you and you—and you—you too.
You have all served me well, and kings are your peers.

CLEOPATRA
(aside to ENOBARBUS ) What means this?
CLEOPATRA
(aside to ENOBARBUS ) What is this?

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ENOBARBUS
(aside to CLEOPATRA ) ’Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow shoots
Out of the mind.
ENOBARBUS
(aside to CLEOPATRA ) It’s one of those nostalgic moods caused by sorrow.

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Antony & Cleopatra (No Fear Shakespeare)