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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 7

— 3.7 — Near Mark Antony’s camp in Actium, Cleopatra and Enobarbus were speaking. “I will talk straight with you — don’t doubt it,” Cleopatra said. “But why, why, why?” “You have spoken against my being in these wars, and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 4-6

— 3.4 — In a room in Mark Antony’s house in Athens, Greece, Antony and Octavia were speaking. Mark Antony complained, “No, no, Octavia, not only that — that is excusable, that, and thousands more of similar importance — but … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 3

— 3.3 — In a room in Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt, Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas were speaking. “Where is the fellow — the messenger I beat?” Cleopatra asked. “Half afraid to come,” Alexas replied. “Nonsense,” Cleopatra said. “Nonsense.” … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 2

— 3.2 — Agrippa, who served Octavius Caesar, and Enobarbus, who served Mark Antony, talked together in an antechamber in the house where Octavius Caesar was staying. Agrippa asked, “What, are the brothers parted?” He was referring to Sextus Pompey … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 1

— 3.1 — On a plain in Syria, Ventidius stood. He had triumphed in carrying out the orders that Mark Antony had given him and had won the battle against the Parthians. He had killed Pacorus, an important enemy, and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 7

— 2.7 — Music was playing on Sextus Pompey’s vessel. Two servants whose job was to serve food talked to each other. They had brought into the room wine, fruit, and desserts. Music was playing. The first servant said, “Here … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 6

— 2.6 — In a house near Mount Misena in the Bay of Naples, Sextus Pompey and Menas met with Octavius Caesar, Mark Antony, Lepidus, Enobarbus, and Maecenas. Soldiers on both sides were present. Pompey said, “I have your hostages, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 5

— 2.5 — In a room of Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt, Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas were speaking. Some attendants were also present. Cleopatra, who was moody because she was thinking of the absent Mark Antony, ordered, “Give me … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 3-4

— 2.3 — Standing in a room in Octavius Caesar’s house were Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar; Octavia was standing in between them. Some attendants were also present. Mark Antony said to Octavia, “The world and my great position will … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 2

— 2.2 — Enobarbus talked with Lepidus in a room of Lepidus’ house in Rome. Lepidus, who wanted peace between Octavius Caesar and Mark Antony, said, “Good Enobarbus, it will be a worthy deed and shall become you well if … Continue reading

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