• Enter ENOBARBUS and EROS

    ENOBARBUS

    How now, friend Eros!

    EROS

    There’s strange news come, sir.

    ENOBARBUS

    What, man?

    EROS

    Caesar and Lepidus have made wars upon Pompey.

    ENOBARBUS

    5This is old. What is the success?

    EROS

    Caesar, having made use of him in the wars ’gainst Pompey, presently denied him rivality, would not let him partake in the glory of the action, and, not resting here, accuses him of letters he had formerly wrote to Pompey; upon his own appeal seizes him. So the poor third is up, till death enlarge his confine.

    ENOBARBUS

    Then, world, thou hast a pair of chaps, no more,
    And throw between them all the food thou hast,
    They’ll grind the one the other. Where’s Antony?

    EROS

    15He’s walking in the garden—(imitating anger) thus, and spurns
    The rush that lies before him; cries, “Fool Lepidus!”
    And threats the throat of that his officer
    That murdered Pompey.

    ENOBARBUS

                                                    Our great navy’s rigged.

    EROS

    For Italy and Caesar. More, Domitius:
    20My lord desires you presently. My news
    I might have told hereafter.
  • ENOBARBUS and EROS enter.

    ENOBARBUS

    How goes it, friend Eros?

    EROS

    Some startling news has just arrived, sir.

    ENOBARBUS

    What news, man?

    EROS

    Caesar and Lepidus declared war against Pompey.

    ENOBARBUS

    That’s old news. Who’s winning?

    EROS

    Caesar used Lepidus in the war, but as soon as it was over, Lepidus was expelled from the triumvirate. He wasn’t allowed any of the glory of the victory, and he was accused of treasonous correspondence with Pompey. On the basis of Caesar’s accusation alone, Lepidus was imprisoned. So the weak third of the triumvirate is imprisoned until death frees him.

    ENOBARBUS

    So now the world will only be devoured by two sets of jaws—Caesar’s and Antony’s. And even if you throw everything you possess to the two of them, they’ll battle each other to the death to have it all. Where’s Antony?

    EROS

    He’s walking in the garden, like this (imitating anger). And he kicks the leaves on the path, exclaiming, “Lepidus, you fool!” Then he threatens to kill the officer who murdered Pompey.

    Then he threatens to kill the officer who murdered Pompey.

    Pompey was killed by one of Antony’s officers, Titius, during his campaign for Antony’s territories. Some historians believe that Titius acted on Antony’s specific order.

    ENOBARBUS

    Antony’s grand navy is prepared.

    EROS

    To sail to Italy and Caesar. Another thing, Domitius: Antony wants to see you now. I should have waited to tell you my news.