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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter a company of SOLDIERS
A company of SOLDIERS enters.

FIRST SOLDIER
Brother, good night. Tomorrow is the day.
FIRST SOLDIER
Good night, brother. Tomorrow is the day.


SECOND SOLDIER
It will determine one way. Fare you well.
Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
SECOND SOLDIER
This battle will determine who wins the war. Take care of yourself. Have you heard about anything unusual happening in the city?

FIRST SOLDIER
Nothing. What news?
FIRST SOLDIER
No. What was it?

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SECOND SOLDIER
Belike ’tis but a rumor. Good night to you.
SECOND SOLDIER
It was probably just a rumor. Good night.

FIRST SOLDIER
Well, sir, good night.
FIRST SOLDIER
Well sir, good night.
They meet other SOLDIERS
Two other SOLDIERS enter.

SECOND SOLDIER
Soldiers, have careful watch.
SECOND SOLDIER
Soldiers, watch carefully.

THIRD SOLDIER
And you. Good night, good night.
THIRD SOLDIER
You too. Good night. Good night.
The four SOLDIERS place themselves in every corner of the stage
Each SOLDIER takes a post at a corner of the stage.


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SECOND SOLDIER
Here we. And if tomorrow
Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our landmen will stand up.
SECOND SOLDIER
This is our station. And if our navy wins tomorrow, no doubt our army will do their part.

FIRST SOLDIER
’Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.
FIRST SOLDIER
It’s an outstanding army and highly motivated.
Music of the hautboys is under the stage
Oboe music comes from underneath the stage.

SECOND SOLDIER
Peace! What noise?
SECOND SOLDIER
Quiet! What’s that sound?

FIRST SOLDIER
List, list!
FIRST SOLDIER
Listen! Listen!

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SECOND SOLDIER
Hark!
SECOND SOLDIER
Listen!

FIRST SOLDIER
Music i’ th’ air.
FIRST SOLDIER
There’s music coming out of thin air.

THIRD SOLDIER
Under the earth.
THIRD SOLDIER
From under the earth.

FOURTH SOLDIER
It signs well, does it not?
FOURTH SOLDIER
It’s a lucky sign, isn’t it?

THIRD SOLDIER
No.
THIRD SOLDIER
No.