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ISBN-10: 033342784X

ISBN-13: 9780333427842

ISBN-10: 1349090808

ISBN-13: 9781349090808

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In her fury, Cleopatra strikes and threatens the messenger. But she does not yet admit defeat and gives orders to find out what Octavia looks like. Commentary The languorous, playful beginning of this scene at Alexandria comes as an interlude amidst the Roman scenes of political intrigue. However badly Antony may have appeared in going ahead with his purely political marriage while at the same time acknowledging that he will return to Cleopatra, we at least see in this scene the depth of feeling that Cleopatra has for him; he will be returning to someone who cares passionately about him, just as he does for her.

War, not peace, is his objective. Wh~n he needed Antony at his side to fight Pompey, things were different. The unheralded entrance of Octavia with her small retinue obviously deprives Caesar of a great publicity stunt by preventing The ostentation of our love; which, left unshown, / Is often left unloved' (51-3). Love for him means the show of love. 36-8). But when she states that she had to beg Antony's 'pardon' to return to Rome, Caesar responds that her husband eagerly gave it so that he could hasten back to his 'whore' (57-67).

Could Caesar have foreseen this possibility when he permitted Antony to marry his sister? ) Enobarbus's cynical prophecy that Antony 'will to his Egyptian dish again' (128) voices the customary Roman judgement of Antony's - and Cleopatra's - 'affection' (133) or passion as sexual appetite only. Should we allow ourselves to make this judgement, too? 24 Act II, Scene vii Summary Aboard Pompey's galley, the banquet to celebrate the signing of the treaty turns into drunken revelry, with Lepidus especially far gone in his cups.

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