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Histories and Tragedies: Antony and Cleopatra, 2.5.1-22

Line numbers are from the Bevington Necessary Shakespeare.

Second Messenger: Fulvia thy wife is dead.

[Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS]

CLEOPATRA: Give me some music; music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.

Attendants:                           The music, ho!

[Enter MARDIAN]

CLEOPATRA: Let it alone; let's to billiards: come, Charmian.

CHARMIAN: My arm is sore; best play with Mardian.

CLEOPATRA: As well a woman with an eunuch play'd                               [5]
As with a woman. Come, you'll play with me, sir?

MARDIAN: As well as I can, madam.

CLEOPATRA: And when good will is show'd, though't come
             too short,
The actor may plead pardon. I'll none now:
Give me mine angle; we'll to the river: there,                                    [10]
My music playing far off, I will betray
Tawny-finn'd fishes; my bended hook shall pierce
Their slimy jaws; and, as I draw them up,
I'll think them every one an Antony,
And say 'Ah, ha! you're caught.'                                                             [15]

CHARMIAN:                           'Twas merry when
You wager'd on your angling; when your diver
Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he
With fervency drew up.

CLEOPATRA:                           That time,--O times!--
I laugh'd him out of patience; and that night
I laugh'd him into patience; and next morn,                                       [20]
Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed;
Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst
I wore his sword Philippan.

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