ACT IV SCENE XIII

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Antony and Cleopatra

 

ACT IV SCENE XIII Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.
[Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and MARDIAN]
CLEOPATRA Help me, my women! O, he is more mad
Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly
Was never so emboss’d.
CHARMIAN To the monument!
There lock yourself, and send him word you are dead. 5
The soul and body rive not more in parting
Than greatness going off.
CLEOPATRA To the monument!
Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself;
Say, that the last I spoke was ‘Antony,’ 10
And word it, prithee, piteously: hence, Mardian,
And bring me how he takes my death.
To the monument!
[Exeunt]

Antony and Cleopatra, Act 4, Scene 14
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Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 13
From Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
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2. Telamon. Thetis, the mother of Achilles, had promised a suit of armor to the bravest of the Greeks who were besieging Troy. In the contest for it, Ajax, son of Telamon, was defeated by Ulysses, and slew himself in a fit of madness; caused by his disappointment.

2. Thessaly. A reference to the story of Meleager, a Greek hero who slew a savage boar, sent by Artemis to ravage the kingdom of Calydon.

3. Emboss’d. Foaming at the mouth.

6. Rive. The severing (rive) of soul and body is not more dreadful than the departure of greatness from the proud man.

11. Piteously. That is, full of pathos.

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