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No, sweet Octavia,
Come, sir, come;
Adieu ; be happy!
[Kisses OCTAVIA. Ant.
[Trumpets sound. Exeunt.
SCENE III.-Alexandria. A Room in the Palace.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAs, and ALEXAS.
Cleo. Where is the fellow ?
Half afеard to come.
Enter a Messenger.
Come hither, sir. Alex.
Good majesty, Ilerod of Jewry dare not look upon you, But when you are well pleased. Cleo.
That Herod's head
Mess. Most gracious majesty,
i Still.] Constantly.
Mess. Ay, dread queen.
Mess. Madam, in Rome;
Cleo. Is she as tall as me ?
She is not, madam.
Is this certain ?
Three in Egypt
He's very knowing;
Widow !-Charmian, hark.
are as one:
· Her motion and her station.] Her walking and her standing. : Observance.] Observation..
Mess. And I do think she's thirty.
Her hair, what colour ?
Mess. Brown, madam : and her forehead
There's gold for thee.
[Exit Messenger. Char.
A proper man.
As low as she would wish it.] This is said satirically.
By him.] From what he says. 3 Is no such thing.] Is not much of a thing ; is a paltry enough thing.
Defend.] Forbid. So in K. Richard II., i. 3, 'Which heaven defend a knight should violate.
SCENE IV.-Athens. A Room in Antony's House.
Enter ANTONY and OCTAVIA.
O, my good lord,
i Semblable.] A French word signifying similar.
Vented.] Uttered. 3 Hint.] Occasion. 4 Not took 't.] The old reading is look'd.
5 From his teeth.] The phrases from the teeth outward and from the teeth forward are still used in the north to describe what is spoken without serious intent.
8 Stomach not.] Resent not.
? A more unhappy lady, &c.] See Extracts from Plutarch, 26. Compare what the mother of Coriolanus says to him :
• Thou barrest us
The good gods will mock me presently,
brother : make your soonest haste, 3 So your
desires are yours. Octa.
Thanks to lord.
So branchless.] That is, thus like a branchless tree, through the loss of honour.
2 Shall stain.] More probably, as Boswell suggested, Shakspeare wrote shall stay, that is, shall await. If stain be the true reading, its meaning here is, cast discredit upon. 8 Make your
soonest haste, fc.] Return as quickly as you can, if 80 be that your desires are granted.