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

— 5.2 — Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras were in a room in Cleopatra’s monument. Cleopatra said, “My desolation begins to make a better life. It is paltry to be Caesar; he is not Fortune, but only Fortune’s servant: a minister … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 1

— 5.1 — In Octavius Caesar’s camp before Alexandria, Caesar was meeting with Agrippa, Dolabella, Maecenas, Gallus, Proculeius, and others in a council of war. Caesar ordered, “Go to Mark Antony, Dolabella, and order him to surrender. Tell him that … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 15

— 4.15 — Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras were at Cleopatra’s monument. They were on a second-floor balcony. “Oh, Charmian, I will never leave here,” Cleopatra mourned. “Be comforted, dear madam,” Charmian replied. “No, I will not,” Cleopatra said. Using the … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 13-14

— 4.13 — In her palace in Alexandria, Cleopatra worried about what Mark Antony might do to her. With her were Charmian, Iras, and Mardian. “Help me, my women!” Cleopatra said. “Oh, Antony is more mad than Great Ajax, son … Continue reading

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“Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 9-12

— 4.9 — Some sentinels stood at the guard post in Octavius Caesar’s camp outside Alexandria. The first soldier said, “If we are not relieved within this hour, we must return to the guardhouse. The night is bright and shiny … Continue reading

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“Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 6-8

— 4.6 — At Octavius Caesar’s camp at Alexandria were Caesar, Agrippa, Enobarbus, and others. Caesar said, “Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the battle. Our will is that Antony be taken alive. Make sure that everyone knows that.” “Caesar, I … Continue reading

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“Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 4-5

— 4.4 — In a room of Cleopatra’s palace were Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Attending them were Charmian and others. Mark Antony called, “Bring me my armor, Eros!” “Sleep a little,” Cleopatra said. “No, my darling,” Antony replied. He called … Continue reading

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