Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 13
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
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2. Think, and die. Take thought, despair and die.
6. Ranges. Ranks.
9. Nick'd. Disfigure, mark with folly.
11. Meered. The whole question, the only cause of
dispute. The etymology of this word is somewhat doubtful.
12. Course. Follow as a hunter courses after game.
13. Gazing. That is, gazing after him in consternation.
23. Principalities. Kingdoms.
31. Comparisons. Some editors think this means his
advantages as compared with mine; others take it as a
misprint for "caparisons."
32. Declined. Fallen in estate.
34. High-battled. The commander of proud and victorious armies.
35. Unstate. Divest himself of his advantages.
35. Staged. Exhibit himself on a stage.
36. Sworder. A gladiator, a slave who fought in the
arena at public shows.
37. Parcel. Of a piece with, correspond with.
39. Suffer. To suffer the same ruin.
40. Measures. So well able to guage men's measures or
45. Blown. Full blown.
47. Square. Quarrel.
48. Loyalty. Loyalty to a fool becomes mere folly.
52. I' the story. Wins renown when the story is told.
56. Haply. Perhaps.
59. Leap. Is eager to be friends.
60. He is. We acknowledge Antony's master, that is,
60. Right royal. Gracious sir.
70. Constrained. Faults forced upon you.
76. Leaky. So like a leaky ship.
85. Shrowd. Protection. The word originally meam
any kind of garment or covering.
90. Deputation. By deputy or proxy.
93. All-obeying. Whose commands are obeyed by all
98. Grace. Allow men the favor of kissing your hand.
100. Caesar's father. The great general, Julius Caesar,
who had adopted Octavius, his grandnephew.
101. Kingdoms in. Conquering kingdoms.
103. As. As if.
107. Fullest. Most complete or perfect, fullest of good
113. Muss. A scramble after some object that had been
116. Jack. Impudent fellow.
122. She here. Used contemptuously. Of this woman
here who was once Cleopatra.
124. Cringe. Distort his face in pain or fear.
134. Feeders. Parasites, those who live on the bounty
of others. Some think it means merely servants.
136. Boggler. Bungler, blunderer.
138. Seel. Blind.
144. Trencher. A large plate.
145. Cneius Pompey. The present Pompey's father, a
great Roman general.
147. Luxuriously. Wantonly.
148. Temperance. Here, chastity.
152. Quit. Requite. A common phrase of beggars.
155. Basan. We find in the Psalms, "As the hill of
Basan, so is God's hill; even an high hill, as the hill of
Basan." And again, "Many oxen have come about me:
fat bulls of Basan close me in on every side."
159. Yare. Prompt and skillful.
162. A'. Our.
168. Fever. Give you a fever.
176. Orbs. Spheres.
177. Abysm. Abyss.
177. Mislike. Dislike, is angry at.
179. Enfranched. Enfranchised; a slave who has been
181. Quit. Requhe, get even with me.
183. Stripes. Lashings.
184. Terrene. Earthly moon; that is, Cleopatra.
185. Portends. Foretells, indicates.
189. Ties his points. One who does the duty of a servant; literally, fastens the tagged lacings of his garments, or
his points, as they were called.
195. Determines. As the stone dissolves.
196. Caesarion. Her son by Julius Caesar.
199. Discandying. Melting.
199. Pelleted. Storm of pellets or hail stones.
206. Fleet, Float, in sea trim.
210. Chronicle, Will perform acts that deserve to be
213. Breathed. Endowed with treble breath.
214. Maliciously. Without mercy.
215. Nice. Dainty, luxurious.
218. Gaudy. Joyous, festive.
228. Sap. Life.
233. Estridge. Ostrich.
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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_3_13.html >.