• Trumpets sound. Enter ANTONY and EROS, and a SOLDIER meeting them

    SOLDIER

    The gods make this a happy day to Antony!

    ANTONY

    Would thou and those thy scars had once prevailed
    To make me fight at land!

    SOLDIER

                                                       Hadst thou done so,
    The kings that have revolted, and the soldier
    5That has this morning left thee, would have still
    Followed thy heels.

    ANTONY

                                          Who’s gone this morning?

    SOLDIER

                                                                                              Who?
    One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus
    He shall not hear thee, or from Caesar’s camp
    Say “I am none of thine.”

    ANTONY

                                                       What sayest thou?

    SOLDIER

                                                                                            Sir,
    10He is with Caesar.

    EROS

                                         Sir, his chests and treasure
    He has not with him.

    ANTONY

                                              Is he gone?

    SOLDIER

                                                                     Most certain.

    ANTONY

    Go, Eros, send his treasure after. Do it.
    Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him—
    I will subscribe—gentle adieus and greetings.
    15Say that I wish he never find more cause
    To change a master. Oh, my fortunes have
    Corrupted honest men! Dispatch.—Enobarbus!
  • Trumpets sound. ANTONY and EROS enter and are met by a SOLDIER entering from another direction.

    SOLDIER

    May the gods bless Antony today!

    ANTONY

    I wish you and your scarred self had convinced me to wage our last battle on land.

    SOLDIER

    If you had, the kings that have revolted and the soldier that deserted this morning would still be behind you.

    ANTONY

    Who deserted this morning?

    SOLDIER

    You don’t know? Someone who was always near you. If you call for Enobarbus, he won’t hear you. Or if he can hear you from Caesar’s camp, he’ll reply, “I’m no longer on your side.”

    ANTONY

    What are you saying?

    SOLDIER

    Sir, he’s with Caesar.

    EROS

    Sir, he left his belongings and treasure.

    ANTONY

    He’s gone?

    SOLDIER

    It’s certain.

    ANTONY

    Eros, send his treasure to him. Do it now. Don’t keep anything back, I insist. Write to him from me—I’ll sign it—sending greetings and gentle good-byes. Say that I hope he never has cause to look for a new master. Oh, my bad luck has forced honest men to become traitors. Hurry. Enobarbus!