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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter CAESAR, with AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, MAECENAS, GALLUS, and PROCULEIUS, and his council of war
CAESAR enters with his war council: AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, MAECENAS, GALLUS, and PROCULEIUS.



CAESAR
Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield.
Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
The pauses that he makes.
CAESAR
Dolabella, go see Antony. Tell him to surrender. His position is hopeless. This delay makes him look ridiculous.

DOLABELLA
                                                    Caesar, I shall.
DOLABELLA
Right away, Caesar.
Exit
DOLABELLA exits.
Enter DERCETUS, with the sword of ANTONY
DECRETUS enters carrying ANTONY’s sword.


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CAESAR
Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar’st
Appear thus to us?
CAESAR
What are you doing with a sword? Who do you think you are coming in here armed?






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DERCETUS
                                      I am called Dercetus.
Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy
Best to be served. Whilst he stood up and spoke,
He was my master, and I wore my life
To spend upon his haters. If thou please
To take me to thee, as I was to him
I’ll be to Caesar. If thou pleasest not,
I yield thee up my life.
DECRETUS
My name is Decretus. I served Mark Antony, who was the commander most worthy of my services. While he was alive, I lived only to serve him and oppose his enemies. If you accept my service, I’ll serve you the same way. If not, you can kill me.

CAESAR
                                            What is ’t thou say’st?
CAESAR
What are you saying?

DERCETUS
I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.
DECRETUS
Caesar, I’m telling you that Antony is dead.


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CAESAR
The breaking of so great a thing should make
A greater crack. The round world
Should have shook lions into civil streets
And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony
Is not a single doom. In the name lay
A moiety of the world.
CAESAR
When such a great man dies there should be a thunderclap. The fractured world, in its confusion, should send lions into the city streets and humans into the wilderness to live in lions’ dens. This isn’t the death of one man. It’s the death of half the world.

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