• Enter ENOBARBUS, LAMPRIUS, a SOOTHSAYER, Rannius, LUCILLIUS, CHARMIAN, IRAS, MARDIAN the eunuch, and ALEXAS

    CHARMIAN

    Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where’s the soothsayer that you praised so to th’ Queen? Oh that I knew this husband, which, you say, must charge his horns with garlands!

    ALEXAS

    5Soothsayer!

    SOOTHSAYER

    Your will?

    CHARMIAN

    (to ALEXAS ) Is this the man? (to SOOTHSAYER ) Is ’t you, sir, that know things?

    SOOTHSAYER

    In nature’s infinite book of secrecy
    A little I can read.

    ALEXAS

    10 (to CHARMIAN )         Show him your hand.

    ENOBARBUS

    (to servants within) Bring in the banquet quickly. Wine enough
    Cleopatra’s health to drink.

    CHARMIAN

    (giving hand to SOOTHSAYER ) Good sir, give me good fortune.

    SOOTHSAYER

    I make not, but foresee.

    CHARMIAN

    15Pray, then, foresee me one.

    SOOTHSAYER

    You shall be yet far fairer than you are.

    CHARMIAN

    (to the others) He means in flesh.

    IRAS

    No, you shall paint when you are old.

    CHARMIAN

    Wrinkles forbid!

    ALEXAS

    20Vex not his prescience. Be attentive.

    CHARMIAN

    Hush!

    SOOTHSAYER

    You shall be more beloving than beloved.
  • ENOBARBUS, LAMPRIUS, the FORTUNETELLER, Rannius, LUCILLUS, CHARMIAN, IRAS, MARDIAN the eunuch, and ALEXAS enter.

    CHARMIAN

    Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything Alexas, almost the most consummate Alexas, where’s the fortuneteller you recommended so highly to the Queen? Oh, I only wish I knew the name of that husband you said he predicted will have a cheating wife!

    ALEXAS

    (calling) Fortuneteller!

    FORTUNETELLER

    What can I do for you?

    CHARMIAN

    (to ALEXAS ) Is this the man you recommended? (to the FORTUNETELLER ) Are you the man who knows the future?

    FORTUNETELLER

    I can understand a few of nature’s infinite secrets.

    ALEXAS

    (to CHARMIAN ) Give him your hand to read.

    ENOBARBUS

    (to the servants) Bring the dessert in right away, and make sure there’s enough wine to toast Cleopatra’s health.

    CHARMIAN

    (giving her hand to the FORTUNETELLER ) Kind sir, give me a good fortune.

    FORTUNETELLER

    I don’t make fortunes; I only see them.

    CHARMIAN

    Then see a good one for me.

    FORTUNETELLER

    Your beauty will be even greater than it is now.

    CHARMIAN

    (to the others) He means I’ll get fat.

    IRAS

    No, he means you’ll use makeup when you’re old.

    CHARMIAN

    May my wrinkles forbid that!

    ALEXAS

    Don’t joke about his predictions. Pay attention.

    CHARMIAN

    Quiet!

    FORTUNETELLER

    You will love more than you are loved.