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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with CHARMIAN and others attending
ANTONY and CLEOPATRA enter with CHARMIAN and others of the court.

ANTONY
(calling) Eros! Mine armor, Eros!
ANTONY
(calling) Eros! Bring my armor, Eros.

CLEOPATRA
                                                                 Sleep a little.
CLEOPATRA
Get a little sleep.

ANTONY
No, my chuck.—Eros, come, mine armor, Eros!
ANTONY
No, my dear . . . Eros, come on, bring my armor, Eros.
Enter EROS with armor
EROS enters, carrying ANTONY’s armor.


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Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.
If fortune be not ours today, it is
Because we brave her. Come.
Come on, good fellow, help me into that armor you’re carrying. If luck deserts us today, it’s because we defy it. Come on.


CLEOPATRA
                                                          Nay, I’ll help too.
What’s this for?
CLEOPATRA
No, I’ll help too. What’s this part for?
She helps to arm him
She picks up a piece of the armor.


ANTONY
                                   Ah, let be, let be! Thou art
The armorer of my heart. False, false. This, this.
ANTONY
Ah, leave it alone. Leave it alone! You armor my heart. No! No! That part goes there.

CLEOPATRA
Sooth, la, I’ll help. Thus it must be.
CLEOPATRA
Really, I’ll help. It must go like this.



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ANTONY
                                                                      Well, well,
We shall thrive now.—Seest thou, my good fellow?
Go put on thy defenses.
ANTONY
Yes, well done. We’ve got it now.—Do you see this, my good fellow? Go and put on your own armor.

EROS
                                               Briefly, sir.
EROS
In a minute, sir.

CLEOPATRA
Is not this buckled well?
CLEOPATRA
Didn’t I buckle this well?





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ANTONY
                                              Rarely, rarely.
He that unbuckles this, till we do please
To doff ’t for our repose, shall hear a storm.—
Thou fumblest, Eros, and my Queen’s a squire
More tight at this than thou. Dispatch.—O love,
That thou couldst see my wars today, and knew’st
The royal occupation! Thou shouldst see
A workman in ’t.
ANTONY
Excellently, excellently. Anyone who unbuckles this before I want to take it off to rest will be sorry.—You’re fumbling, Eros. My Queen’s a better squire than you are. Hurry.—Oh, love, if you could only watch the battle today and see how expert I am at my craft.