Explanatory Notes for Act 2, Scene 6
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
5. Purposes. What terms we are ready to make.
8. Tall. Sturdy, courageous.
9. Senators. You whose wisdom rules the world*
11. Factors. Agents;
15. Ghosted. Haunted.
16. For him. That is, to avenge him.
17. Cassius. One of the chief conspirators against
19. Rest. That is, with the rest who took up arms.
19. Courtiers. That is, lured on by their love of freedom.
21. But a man. Except that they would have Caesar but
an ordinary citizen, not a despot.
23. Burthen. Burden.
24. Despiteful. Ungrateful.
27. Fear. Frighten.
31. O'er count me of. Pompey evidently means that Antony not only outnumbers him, but has over-reached him in
business. Plutarch tells us that Antony bought the elder
Pompey's house when it was put up for public sale, but when
he was asked for the money "he made it very strange, and
was offended with them."
32. Cuckoo. The cuckoo builds no nest for itself, but
takes possession of that built by some other bird. The
meaning is, since, like the cuckoo, you have invaded the
house of another, remain in it while you can.
35. Present. This has nothing to do with the matter on
which we are at present engaged.
41. Larger fortune. By trying to gain more in opposition to us.
45. Measures. Supplies.
45. Greed. Agreed.
46. Unhack'd edges. That is, without hacking the edges
of our shields; without fighting.
47. Targes. Shields.
52. Impatience. Has somewhat irritated me.
58. Studied. Am prepared, earnestly desire.
63. Timelier. Sooner than I intended coming.
68. Counts. Marks, lines, as one ''casts accounts."
70. Vassal. Servant.
73. Composition. Agreement, treaty.
75. Next. Next thing.
81. Fame. Praise.
93. Do. That is, fare well.
94. Toward. In preparation.
104. Galley. A boat propelled by rowers sitting in tiers.
109. Known. That is, we have known each other.
124. True. Honest.
124. Whatsome'er. Whatsoever.
131. Pray, etc. Pray, is that true?
137. Is. Shakespeare sometimes uses a singular verb
when it precedes two singular subjects.
138. Divine. Predict concerning.
140. Purpose. That is, the purpose to make Caesar and
145. Conversation. Temperament, behavior.
153. Occasion. Necessity, good policy.
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/antony_2_6.html >.