Plutarch and Shakespeare Compared

The Life of Marcus Antonius Antony and Cleopatra
At night she [Cleopatra] would go rambling with him to disturb and torment people at their doors and windows, dressed like a servant-woman, for Antony also went in servant's disguise, and from these expeditions he often came home very scurvily answered, and sometimes even beaten severely, though most people guessed who it was.
ANTONY:
To-night we'll wander through the streets and note
The qualities of people. Come, my queen;
Last night you did desire it

I.i.53-55

CAESAR:
Let us grant, it is not
Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy;
To give a kingdom for a mirth; to sit
And keep the turn of tippling with a slave;
To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet
With knaves that smell of sweat: say this
becomes him,--
As his composure must be rare indeed
Whom these things cannot blemish

I.iv.16-23


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