• Enter CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, and IRAS

    CLEOPATRA

    What shall we do, Enobarbus?

    ENOBARBUS

                                                                Think and die.

    CLEOPATRA

    Is Antony or we in fault for this?

    ENOBARBUS

    Antony only, that would make his will
    Lord of his reason. What though you fled
    5From that great face of war, whose several ranges
    Frighted each other? Why should he follow?
    The itch of his affection should not then
    Have nicked his captainship at such a point
    When half to half the world opposed, he being
    10The merèd question. ’Twas a shame no less
    Than was his loss, to course your flying flags
    And leave his navy gazing.

    CLEOPATRA

                                                        Prithee, peace.
    Enter AMBASSADOR with ANTONY

    ANTONY

    Is that his answer?

    AMBASSADOR

    Ay, my lord.

    ANTONY

    15The Queen shall then have courtesy, so she
    Will yield us up?

    AMBASSADOR

                                      He says so.

    ANTONY

                                                               Let her know ’t.—
    (to CLEOPATRA ) To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head,
    And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
    With principalities.
  • CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, and IRAS enter.

    CLEOPATRA

    What are we going to do, Enobarbus?

    ENOBARBUS

    Think about our situation, then die.

    CLEOPATRA

    Who is to blame for this: Antony or I?

    ENOBARBUS

    Only Antony was at fault. He put his desire in charge of his reason. So what if you ran from the battle, terrified, as ranks of ships threatened one another? Why should he have followed you? With half the world opposing the other half, it wasn’t the time for Antony, the pivotal player, to let love distract him. To race after your departing ships, leaving his navy to watch, was a shame as great as the resulting loss.

    CLEOPATRA

    Please, let’s not talk about it.
    The AMBASSADOR and ANTONY enter.

    ANTONY

    Is that his answer?

    AMBASSADOR

    Yes, my lord.

    ANTONY

    The Queen will be treated fairly if she gives me up?

    AMBASSADOR

    That’s what he says.

    ANTONY

    Tell her. (to CLEOPATRA ) If you send my aged head to that boy, Caesar, he’ll give you all the kingdoms you want.