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“Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 1-3

— 4.1 — In Octavius Caesar’s camp before Alexandria, Egypt, Caesar was discussing with his friends Maecenas and Agrippa the message that Thidias had brought from Mark Antony. Caesar said, “He calls me ‘boy,’ and he chides me as if … Continue reading

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“Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 12-13

— 3.12 — In Octavius Caesar’s camp in Egypt, Caesar was speaking with his friend Dolabella. Caesar’s friend Thidias was also present, along with some attendants. Octavius Caesar ordered, “Let the messenger sent by Mark Antony appear before us.” An … Continue reading

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“Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 8-11

— 3.8 — On a plain near Actium on 2 September 31 B.C.E., Octavius Caesar talked with Taurus, his Lieutenant General. “Taurus!” “My lord?” “Strike not by land; keep the land forces whole and undivided. Do not provoke a land … Continue reading

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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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