• Enter ANTONY, CAESAR; OCTAVIA between them

    ANTONY

    (to OCTAVIA ) The world and my great office will sometimes
    Divide me from your bosom.

    OCTAVIA

                                                             All which time
    Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers
    To them for you.

    ANTONY

         (to CAESAR )     Good night, sir.—My Octavia,
    5Read not my blemishes in the world’s report.
    I have not kept my square, but that to come
    Shall all be done by th’ rule. Good night, dear lady.
    (to CAESAR ) Good night, sir.

    CAESAR

    Good night.
    He exits with OCTAVIA
    Enter SOOTHSAYER

    ANTONY

    10Now, sirrah, you do wish yourself in Egypt?

    SOOTHSAYER

    Would I had never come from thence, nor you thither.

    ANTONY

    If you can, your reason?

    SOOTHSAYER

    I see it in my motion, have it not in my tongue. But yet hie you to Egypt again.

    ANTONY

    15Say to me whose fortunes shall rise higher,
    Caesar’s or mine?

    SOOTHSAYER

    Caesar’s.
    Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side.
    Thy dæmon—that thy spirit which keeps thee—is
    20Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable
    Where Caesar’s is not. But near him thy angel
    Becomes afeard, as being o’erpowered. Therefore
    Make space enough between you.
  • ANTONY and CAESAR enter with OCTAVIA between them.

    ANTONY

    (to OCTAVIA ) There will be times when my duties and responsibilities take me away from you.

    OCTAVIA

    And I will spend our time apart on my knees, praying for you.

    ANTONY

    (to CAESAR ) Good night, sir. My Octavia, don’t believe everything you hear about me. I haven’t always lived a conventional life, but the future will be by the book. Good night, dear lady. (to CAESAR ) Good night, sir.

    CAESAR

    Good night.
    CAESAR and OCTAVIA exit.
    The FORTUNETELLER enters.

    ANTONY

    Now, sirrah, I hear you wish you were back in Egypt.

    sirrah

    term of address for a person of lower status

    FORTUNETELLER

    I wish I had never left Egypt and that you had never come to Egypt.

    ANTONY

    Tell me why, if you can.

    FORTUNETELLER

    It’s a feeling, but nothing I can put into words. But you had better get back to Egypt again.

    ANTONY

    Tell me who shall have the better luck, Caesar or me?

    FORTUNETELLER

    Caesar. So you’d better not stay with him, Antony. Your guardian angel is noble, courageous, significant, and unmatched when Caesar’s not around. But when you are with him, your angel is weakened and easily frightened. That’s why there must be space between you.