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Antony and Cleopatra

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ACT III SCENE III Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace. 
CLEOPATRAWhere is the fellow?
ALEXASHalf afeard to come.
CLEOPATRAGo to, go to.
[Enter the Messenger as before]
Come hither, sir.
ALEXASGood majesty,5
Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
But when you are well pleased.
CLEOPATRAThat Herod's head
I'll have: but how, when Antony is gone
Through whom I might command it? Come thou near.10
MessengerMost gracious majesty,--
CLEOPATRADidst thou behold Octavia?
MessengerAy, dread queen.
MessengerMadam, in Rome;15
I look'd her in the face, and saw her led
Between her brother and Mark Antony.
CLEOPATRAIs she as tall as me?
MessengerShe is not, madam.
CLEOPATRADidst hear her speak? is she shrill-tongued or low?20
MessengerMadam, I heard her speak; she is low-voiced.
CLEOPATRAThat's not so good: he cannot like her long.
CHARMIANLike her! O Isis! 'tis impossible.
CLEOPATRAI think so, Charmian: dull of tongue, and dwarfish!
What majesty is in her gait? Remember,25
If e'er thou look'dst on majesty.
MessengerShe creeps:
Her motion and her station are as one;
She shows a body rather than a life,
A statue than a breather.30
CLEOPATRAIs this certain?
MessengerOr I have no observance.
CHARMIANThree in Egypt
Cannot make better note.
CLEOPATRAHe's very knowing;35
I do perceive't: there's nothing in her yet:
The fellow has good judgment.
CLEOPATRAGuess at her years, I prithee.
She was a widow,--
CLEOPATRAWidow! Charmian, hark.
MessengerAnd I do think she's thirty.
CLEOPATRABear'st thou her face in mind? is't long or round?
MessengerRound even to faultiness.45
CLEOPATRAFor the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
Her hair, what colour?
MessengerBrown, madam: and her forehead
As low as she would wish it.
CLEOPATRAThere's gold for thee.50
Thou must not take my former sharpness ill:
I will employ thee back again; I find thee
Most fit for business: go make thee ready;
Our letters are prepared.
[Exit Messenger]
CHARMIANA proper man.55
CLEOPATRAIndeed, he is so: I repent me much
That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
This creature's no such thing.
CHARMIANNothing, madam.
CLEOPATRAThe man hath seen some majesty, and should know.60
CHARMIANHath he seen majesty? Isis else defend,
And serving you so long!
CLEOPATRAI have one thing more to ask him yet, good Charmian:
But 'tis no matter; thou shalt bring him to me
Where I will write. All may be well enough.65
CHARMIANI warrant you, madam.

Antony and Cleopatra, Act 3, Scene 4

Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 3
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)

18. As. This word had somewhat the force of a preposition; hence the objective case following.

20. Shrill. Sprightly, lively of speech.

28. Station. Manner of standing still.

30. Breather. A living being.

32. Observance. Powers of observation.

34. Note. Observation. That is, there are not three persons in Egypt who are better qualified to observe.

36. Yet. So far as he has described her.

39. Prithee. Pray thee.

37. As low as. Slang for "as low as it could be."

41. Proper. A fine fellow.

57. Harried. Scolded, used roughly.

58. No such thing. Nothing very remarkable.

61. Defend. Forbid.

How to cite the explanatory notes:

Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.


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