Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 14
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
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2. Dragonish. That is, shaped like a dragon.
10. Vesper's. Evening's.
10. Pageants. Spectacles common at public festivals in
which events were represented by animals and other scenery
13. Rack dislimns. The vapor dissolves and floats away.
16. Knave. Boy, fellow; not necessarily in a bad sense.
23. Pack'd cards. To pack cards is to shuffle them unfairly so that the best cards come to the dealer or to his
33. Die the death. That is, the death deserved by
traitors. The same expression is used in the New Testament.
40. Render'd. Rendered up, offered up.
50. Battery from my heart. The sevenfold shield of Ajax
cannot confine the beatings of my heart.
51. Continent. What contains thee.
57. Length. That is, all lengthening of life.
60. Seal. Complete the work. Sealing a legal document
was the final act that completed it.
63. Port. Demeanor.
64. Dido. The Queen of Carthage, who fell in love with
Aeneas, a fugitive from Troy, when he landed in her kingdom,
and who put an end to her life when he took his departure.
Virgil represents her as avoiding Aeneas in Hades.
64. Troops. That is, troops of attendants.
70. Neptune. God of the sea.
72. Less noble mind. That is, I, possessing a less noble
75. Exigent. The moment for immediate action.
67. Prosecution. Used in its literal meaning of "pursuit."
80. Defeat'st. Disappointed of his prey.
86. Window'd. Stand at a window.
87. Pleach'd. Folded.
88. Corrigible. Submissive.
89. Penetrative. To pain which had pentrated deeply.
91. Ensued. Branded more deeply with disgrace the one
95. Useful. Here, an adverb.
99. Precedent. Former.
106. Why. For which.
118. Got upon me. Literally, got ahead of me in making
a noble record, forestalled me in making a noble ending.
129. Period. End.
137. Enter me. Recommend me to his favor.
143. Sufficing. That is, strokes sufficient to cause death.
151. Found. That is, found to be true.
152. Disposed. Made terms with.
166. To grace. By gracing it.
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_14.html >.