Anthony & Cleopatra a love story by William Shakespeare

SHAKESPEARE's Anthony and Cleopatra are the true events telling the story of Anthony and Cleopatra's love.

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Upon her landing Antony sent to her,invited her to supper. She replied It should be better he became her guest,which she entreated. Our courteous Antony,whom ne’er the word of ‘No’ woman heard speak, Being barbered ten times o’er, goes to the feast,and for his ordinary pays his heart for what his eyes eat only...
I SAW HER ONCE HOP FORTY PACES THROUGH THE PUBLIC STREET,And having lost her breath, she spoke and panted, That she did make defect perfection, And breathless, pour forth breath...
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. Other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies. For vilest things Become themselves in her, that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish.

DESPITE MARRYING OCTAVIUS'S SISTER OCTAVIA, ANTHONY MEETS AND FALLS IN LOVE WITH CLEOPATRA, THE QUEEN OF EGYPT. THIS LEADS TO WAR WITH OCTAVIUS.

CLEOPATRA: If IT BE LOVE INDEED, TELL ME HOW MUCH.

ANTONY: THERE'S BEGGARY IN THE LOVE THAT CAN BE RECKONED.

CLEOPATRA: I'LL SET A BORN HOW FAR TO BE BELOVED.

ANTONY: THEN MUST THOU NEEDS FIND OUT NEW HEAVEN, NEW EARTh.

ANThONY LOSES THE WAR WITH OCTAVIUS, CLEOPATRA SENDS HIM FALSE NEWS THAT SHE HAS KILLED HERSELF.

convinced of her love, Anthony falls on his sword to join cleopatra in death.

The miserable change now at my end. Lament nor sorrow at; but please your thoughts. In feeding them with those my former fortunes, wherein I lived, the greatest prince o' the world, The noblest; and do now not basely die, not cowardly put off my helmet to My countryman,--a Roman by a Roman Valiantly vanquished. Now my spirit is going; I can no more.

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after ANThONY's death, Cleopatra commits suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by a poisonous asp.

' Exclaiming ' bravest at the last, she levell'd at our purposes, and being royal, took her own way,' Caesar bends over the bodies to investigate the mode of death employed; while Dolabella questions the guards and hears of the rustic's visit. The basket of figs is still in evidence, while the guard describes how Charmian was alive when he came in, and how suddenly she died. Sure if they had taken poison their beauty would be marred, whereas now Cleopatra 'looks like sleep, as she would catch another Antony in her strong toil of grace,' Caesar continues to search. Just then Dolabella discovers a slight puncture on the queen's arm and breast, and one of the guards perceives the slimy trail of an asp on the fig leaves. The mystery being thus solved, Caesar explains he has just learned from Cleopatra's physician, that his mistress ' pursued conclusions infinite of easy ways to die.' After ordering her body removed, and decreeing ' she shall be buried by her Antony

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