Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 11
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
3. Lated. Belated.
18. Sweep your way. Make your reconciliation with
19. Loathness. Unwillingness to leave me.
22. Possess you. Put you in possession of them.
24. Command. That is, I have lost the power to command you.
37. Dancer. Caesar, at the Battle of Philippi, did not
draw his sword, but wore it as if he were at a dance.
39. Ended. That is, it was I that ended the mad Brutus.
40. Lieutenantry. Acted by means of his lieutenants
instead of fighting himself.
41. Squares. Squadrons.
45. Unqualitied. Has lost his natural qualities, is not
48. But. Except, unless.
50. Offended. Sinned against my reputation.
51. Unnoble. Ignoble.
55. Looking back. Some editors explain this passage by "See, how by looking another way, I withdraw my ignominy
from your sight." Others give it a wider meaning: "See how I am trying to hide my shame from you by holding
myself aloof and bitterly meditating on the ruin of my power
56. 'Stroy'd. Destroyed.
61. Strings. That is, by the heart strings.
68. Treaties. Entreaties, proposals of peace.
69. Palter. Equivocate, use tricks.
76. Fall. Do not let fall.
76. Rates. Equals in value.
78. Schoolmaster. One Euphronius, the teacher of Antony and Cleopatra's children.
79. Lead. Heavy of heart.
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Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/antony_3_11.html >.