Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Antony and Cleopatra - Act III

Antony and Cleopatra

He hath given his empire up to a whore.

Antony and Octavia take their leave of Caesar, having apparently tied the knot already. Back in Alexandria, Cleopatra’s not having any of this marriage crap and grills a messenger with regard to Octavia’s attributes or lack thereof. Meanwhile, things remain tense between Caesar and Antony and Octavia visits the former to try to smooth things over. Who makes some choice remarks about Cleopatra and advises Octavia that Antony has gone back to her.

Next thing you know Caesar and Antony’s forces are gearing up to duke it out. Antony’s advisers advise that he shouldn’t fight Caesar at sea but he doesn’t listen. It doesn’t go well and when Cleopatra’s ships turn tail and run at the height of things so does Antony. Caesar is hardly in a forgiving mood toward Antony after this but agrees to go easy on Cleopatra if she’ll bump off Antony. Methinks this ain't gonna end well. But of course even as a newbie I know that much.

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