Antony and Cleopatra
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|ACT IV SCENE XIII ||Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.|| |
|[Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and MARDIAN]|
|CLEOPATRA||Help me, my women! O, he is more mad|
|Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly|
|Was never so emboss'd.|
|CHARMIAN||To the monument!|
|There lock yourself, and send him word you are dead.||5|
|The soul and body rive not more in parting|
|Than greatness going off.|
|CLEOPATRA||To the monument!|
|Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself;|
|Say, that the last I spoke was 'Antony,'||10|
|And word it, prithee, piteously: hence, Mardian,|
|And bring me how he takes my death.|
|To the monument!|
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 4, Scene 14
Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 13
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
2. Telamon. Thetis, the mother of Achilles, had promised a suit of armor to the bravest of the Greeks who were
besieging Troy. In the contest for it, Ajax, son of Telamon, was defeated by Ulysses, and slew himself in a fit of madness;
caused by his disappointment.
2. Thessaly. A reference to the story of Meleager, a
Greek hero who slew a savage boar, sent by Artemis to ravage
the kingdom of Calydon.
3. Emboss'd. Foaming at the mouth.
6. Rive. The severing (rive) of soul and body is not more dreadful than the departure of greatness from the
11. Piteously. That is, full of pathos.
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_4_13.html >.
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