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Antony and Cleopatra

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Alarum. Drums and trumpets. Enter AGRIPPA and others
A call to battle is sounded. Drums and trumpets sound. AGRIPPA and other soldiers of Caesar’s enter.



AGRIPPA
Retire! We have engaged ourselves too far.
Caesar himself has work, and our oppression
Exceeds what we expected.
AGRIPPA
Retreat! We’ve advanced too far. Caesar himself is in trouble and there are more adversaries than we expected.
Exeunt
They exit.
Alarums. Enter ANTONY, and SCARUS, wounded
A battle call. ANTONY enters with SCARUS, who is wounded.


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SCARUS
O my brave Emperor, this is fought indeed!
Had we done so at first, we had droven them home
With clouts about their heads.
SCARUS
Oh, my brave Emperor, this is what I call a fight! If we’d fought like this before, we’d have driven them home with bandaged heads.

ANTONY
                                                             Thou bleed’st apace.
ANTONY
You’re bleeding a lot.


SCARUS
I had a wound here that was like a “T,”
But now ’tis made an “H.”
SCARUS
I had a scar here that looked like a “T”; now it’s an “H.”
Sound retreat far off
Distant trumpets sound the retreat.

ANTONY
                                                       They do retire.
ANTONY
They’re retreating.


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SCARUS
We’ll beat ’em into bench-holes. I have yet
Room for six scotches more.
SCARUS
We’ll chase ’em into their latrines. I still have room for six more wounds.
Enter EROS
EROS enters.


EROS
They are beaten, sir, and our advantage serves
For a fair victory.
EROS
They’re retreating, sir, and our superiority indicates a clear victory.



SCARUS
                                   Let us score their backs
And snatch ’em up, as we take hares, behind!
’Tis sport to maul a runner.
SCARUS
Let’s slash their backs and grab ’em like we do rabbits, from behind. It’s fair game to mark a coward.


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ANTONY
                                                       I will reward thee
Once for thy sprightly comfort and tenfold
For thy good valor. Come thee on.
ANTONY
I’ll reward you once for your cheerfulness and ten times for your courage. Come on.