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Antony and Cleopatra


ACT III SCENE VThe same. Another room.
[Enter DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS and EROS, meeting]
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUSHow now, friend Eros!
EROSThere’s strange news come, sir.
EROSCaesar and Lepidus have made wars upon Pompey.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUSThis is old: what is the success?5
EROSCaesar, having made use of him in the wars ‘gainst
Pompey, presently denied him rivality; would not let
him partake in the glory of the action: and not
resting here, accuses him of letters he had formerly
wrote to Pompey; upon his own appeal, seizes him: so10
the poor third is up, till death enlarge his confine.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUSThen, world, thou hast a pair of chaps, no more;
And throw between them all the food thou hast,
They’ll grind the one the other. Where’s Antony?
EROSHe’s walking in the garden–thus; and spurns15
The rush that lies before him; cries, ‘Fool Lepidus!’
And threats the throat of that his officer
That murder’d Pompey.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUSOur great navy’s rigg’d.
EROSFor Italy and Caesar. More, Domitius;20
My lord desires you presently: my news
I might have told hereafter.
But let it be. Bring me to Antony.
EROSCome, sir.25

Antony and Cleopatra, Act 3, Scene 6

Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 5
From Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)

5. Success. Result.

7. Rivality. Partnership. The primary meaning of rivals is “associates.”

10. Wrote. An unusual form of the past participle which was more commonly “writ” or “written.”

10. Appeal. A criminal charge, impeachment.

11. Up. Shut up.

12. Pair of chaps. That is, the world is now divided between Caesar and Antony, and they will fight it out between them.

17. Rush. That is, every little thing that comes in his way.

20. For. That is, it is hired for Italy against Caesar.

20. More. There is more to tell, namely, that Antony desires you instantly.

22. Naught. Of no importance.


How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908.