• Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS

    CLEOPATRA

    Give me some music. Music, moody food
    Of us that trade in love.

    ALL

                                                   The music, ho!
    Enter MARDIAN the eunuch

    CLEOPATRA

    Let it alone. Let’s to billiards. Come, Charmian.

    CHARMIAN

    My arm is sore. Best play with Mardian.

    CLEOPATRA

    5As well a woman with an eunuch played
    As with a woman.—Come, you’ll play with me, sir?

    MARDIAN

    As well as I can, madam.

    CLEOPATRA

    And when good will is showed, though ’t come too short,
    The actor may plead pardon. I’ll none now.
    10Give me mine angle. We’ll to th’ river. There,
    My music playing far off, I will betray
    Tawny-finned fishes. My bended hook shall pierce
    Their slimy jaws, and as I draw them up
    I’ll think them every one an Antony
    15And say, “Aha! You’re caught.”

    CHARMIAN

                                                                  ’Twas merry when
    You wagered on your angling, when your diver
    Did hang a salt fish on his hook, which he
    With fervency drew up.

    CLEOPATRA

                                                      That time—Oh, times!—
    I laughed him out of patience, and that night
    20I laughed him into patience. And next morn,
    Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed,
    Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst
    I wore his sword Philippan.
  • CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS enter.

    CLEOPATRA

    Play me some music. Music feeds the melancholy moods of us lovers.

    ALL

    Musicians, come in!
    MADRIAN enters.

    CLEOPATRA

    Never mind. Let’s play billiards. Play with me, Charmian.

    CHARMIAN

    My arm is sore. You’ll have a better game with Mardian.

    CLEOPATRA

    Playing with a eunuch is the same as playing with a woman. Will you play with me, sir?

    MARDIAN

    I’ll do my best, madam.

    CLEOPATRA

    When a person tries in good faith, even if he fails he cannot be blamed. I don’t want to play now. Give me my fishing rod. We’ll go to the river. With my music playing in the background, I’ll lure fish. My hook will go through their slimy jaws and as I pull them up I’ll imagine each one is Antony. I’ll say, “Aha! I caught you!”

    CHARMIAN

    It was funny when you and Antony bet on who could catch the first fish. You had a diver put a salted fish on his hook. He was so excited as he hurried to pull it in!

    CLEOPATRA

    That time? Oh, there were so many fun times. I would play some trick on him and laugh until he lost his patience. Then, that night, I would laugh with him while we made love until he was patient again. Then by nine in the morning I would have him so drunk I could dress him in my clothes while I wore the sword he used at the famous battle of Philippi.