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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, ALEXAS, and IRAS
CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, ALEXAS, and IRAS enter.

CLEOPATRA
Where is he?
CLEOPATRA
Where is he?

CHARMIAN
                          I did not see him since.
CHARMIAN
I haven’t seen him recently.




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CLEOPATRA
(to ALEXAS ) See where he is, who’s with him, what he does.
I did not send you. If you find him sad,
Say I am dancing. If in mirth, report
That I am sudden sick. Quick, and return.
CLEOPATRA
(to ALEXAS ) Find out where he is, who’s with him, and what he’s doing. Don’t tell him I sent you. If he’s sad, tell him I’m dancing. If he’s happy, say that I’ve suddenly taken sick. Hurry, and come back.
Exit ALEXAS
ALEXAS exits.



CHARMIAN
Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,
You do not hold the method to enforce
The like from him.
CHARMIAN
Madam, I think if you love him so much, you aren’t using the best way to get him to reciprocate.

CLEOPATRA
                                       What should I do I do not?
CLEOPATRA
What should I do that I’m not doing?

CHARMIAN
In each thing give him way. Cross him in nothing.
CHARMIAN
Always give him his way. Never contradict him.

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CLEOPATRA
Thou teachest like a fool the way to lose him.
CLEOPATRA
You advise me like a fool. That’s the way to lose him.


CHARMIAN
Tempt him not so too far. I wish, forbear.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
CHARMIAN
Don’t push him too far. I wish you’d be patient. We come to hate that which controls us.
Enter ANTONY
ANTONY enters.
But here comes Antony.
But here comes Antony.

CLEOPATRA
                                               I am sick and sullen.
CLEOPATRA
I am sick and sullen.

ANTONY
I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose—
ANTONY
I’m sorry to have to say this—

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CLEOPATRA
Help me away, dear Charmian! I shall fall.
It cannot be thus long. The sides of nature
Will not sustain it.
CLEOPATRA
Help me away from here, dear Charmian! I shall faint. I won’t be able to go on this way much longer. Human nature isn’t built to withstand this.