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Antony and Cleopatra

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Trumpets sound. Enter ANTONY and EROS, and a SOLDIER meeting them
Trumpets sound. ANTONY and EROS enter and are met by a SOLDIER entering from another direction.

SOLDIER
The gods make this a happy day to Antony!
SOLDIER
May the gods bless Antony today!


ANTONY
Would thou and those thy scars had once prevailed
To make me fight at land!
ANTONY
I wish you and your scarred self had convinced me to wage our last battle on land.



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SOLDIER
                                                   Hadst thou done so,
The kings that have revolted, and the soldier
That has this morning left thee, would have still
Followed thy heels.
SOLDIER
If you had, the kings that have revolted and the soldier that deserted this morning would still be behind you.

ANTONY
                                      Who’s gone this morning?
ANTONY
Who deserted this morning?




SOLDIER
                                                                                          Who?
One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus
He shall not hear thee, or from Caesar’s camp
Say “I am none of thine.”
SOLDIER
You don’t know? Someone who was always near you. If you call for Enobarbus, he won’t hear you. Or if he can hear you from Caesar’s camp, he’ll reply, “I’m no longer on your side.”

ANTONY
                                                   What sayest thou?
ANTONY
What are you saying?


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SOLDIER
                                                                                        Sir,
He is with Caesar.
SOLDIER
Sir, he’s with Caesar.


EROS
                                     Sir, his chests and treasure
He has not with him.
EROS
Sir, he left his belongings and treasure.

ANTONY
                                          Is he gone?
ANTONY
He’s gone?

SOLDIER
                                                                 Most certain.
SOLDIER
It’s certain.




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ANTONY
Go, Eros, send his treasure after. Do it.
Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him—
I will subscribe—gentle adieus and greetings.
Say that I wish he never find more cause
To change a master. Oh, my fortunes have
Corrupted honest men! Dispatch.—Enobarbus!
ANTONY
Eros, send his treasure to him. Do it now. Don’t keep anything back, I insist. Write to him from me—I’ll sign it—sending greetings and gentle good-byes. Say that I hope he never has cause to look for a new master. Oh, my bad luck has forced honest men to become traitors. Hurry. Enobarbus!

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Antony & Cleopatra (No Fear Shakespeare)