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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS
ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS enter.



LEPIDUS
Good Enobarbus, ’tis a worthy deed,
And shall become you well, to entreat your captain
To soft and gentle speech.
LEPIDUS
Good Enobarbus, you would be doing a very good thing if you advised your captain to speak calmly and quietly.



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ENOBARBUS
                                                   I shall entreat him
To answer like himself. If Caesar move him,
Let Antony look over Caesar’s head
And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
Were I the wearer of Antonio’s beard,
I would not shave ’t today.
ENOBARBUS
I will advise him to speak as he usually does. If Caesar makes him mad, let Antony stand tall and speak as loudly as Mars, the god of war. By Jupiter, if I were Antony, I wouldn’t shave my beard today. I’d leave it long and dare Caesar to insult me by pulling on it, just so I could fight him.

LEPIDUS
’Tis not a time for private stomaching.
LEPIDUS
This is not the time for dwelling on personal grievances.

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ENOBARBUS
Every time serves for the matter that is then born in ’t.
ENOBARBUS
It’s always appropriate to deal with matters as they arise.

LEPIDUS
But small to greater matters must give way.
LEPIDUS
But major issues must come before minor ones.

ENOBARBUS
Not if the small come first.
ENOBARBUS
Not if the minor ones come up first.


LEPIDUS
Your speech is passion. But pray you stir
No embers up. Here comes the noble Antony.
LEPIDUS
You speak out of passion, but I beg you not to stir things up. Here comes the noble Antony.
Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS
ANTONY and VENTIDIUS enter.

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ENOBARBUS
And yonder, Caesar.
ENOBARBUS
And there comes Caesar.
Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MECAENAS, and AGRIPPA
CAESAR, MAECENAS, and AGRIPPA enter from another door.


ANTONY
(to VENTIDIUS ) If we compose well here, to Parthia.
Hark, Ventidius.
ANTONY
(to VENTIDIUS ) If we can come to an agreement here, we’ll move on to Parthia. Listen, Ventidius.
They talk aside
They talk privately together.

CAESAR
(to MECAENAS ) I do not know, Maecenas. Ask Agrippa.
CAESAR
(to MAECENAS ) I don’t know, Maecenas. Ask Agrippa.

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Antony & Cleopatra (No Fear Shakespeare)