• Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS

    CLEOPATRA

    Where is the fellow?

    ALEXAS

                                            Half afeard to come.

    CLEOPATRA

    Go to, go to.—Come hither, sir.
    Enter the MESSENGER as before

    ALEXAS

                                                                    Good majesty,
    Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
    But when you are well pleased.

    CLEOPATRA

                                                                 That Herod’s head
    5I’ll have! But how? When Antony is gone,
    Through whom I might command it? (to MESSENGER ) Come thou near.

    MESSENGER

    Most gracious majesty!

    CLEOPATRA

                                                  Didst thou behold Octavia?

    MESSENGER

    Ay, dread Queen.

    CLEOPATRA

                                       Where?

    MESSENGER

                                                       Madam, in Rome.
    I looked her in the face, and saw her led
    10Between her brother and Mark Antony.

    CLEOPATRA

    Is she as tall as me?

    MESSENGER

                                           She is not, madam.

    CLEOPATRA

    Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?

    MESSENGER

    Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced.

    CLEOPATRA

    That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.
  • CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS enter.

    CLEOPATRA

    Where is that messenger?

    ALEXAS

    He’s afraid to come in.

    CLEOPATRA

    Oh, come on.—Come here, sir.
    The MESSENGER enters.

    ALEXAS

    Gracious Queen, even Herod of Judea wouldn’t dare look at you unless you were in a good mood.

    CLEOPATRA

    I’ll have Herod’s head chopped off! But now that Antony’s gone, who will do it for me? (to MESSENGER ) Come closer.

    MESSENGER

    Most formidable Queen!

    CLEOPATRA

    Did you see Octavia?

    MESSENGER

    Yes, revered Queen.

    CLEOPATRA

    Where?

    MESSENGER

    In Rome, Madam. I saw her face as she walked with her brother and Mark Antony.

    CLEOPATRA

    Is she as tall as I am?

    MESSENGER

    She is not, madam.

    CLEOPATRA

    Did you hear her speak? Is her voice pitched high or low?

    MESSENGER

    Madam, I heard her speak. She has a low-pitched voice.

    CLEOPATRA

    That’s not in her favor. He can’t like her very long.