Act 4, Scene 6 Notes from Antony and Cleopatra

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Antony and Cleopatra Act 4, Scene 6

Agrippa, Caesar, Enobarbus, and Dolabella enter. Caesar tells Agrippa to go begin the fight, intending to take Antony alive rather than kill him. A messenger enters, saying that Antony has entered the battlefield, and Caesar tells him to tell Agrippa put the soldiers who had formerly been Antony's allies but are now Caesar's on the front lines, so Antony will seem to be attacking his own. Enobarbus is left alone, and says that he has done such an awful thing by leaving Antony that he will never be happy again. A soldier enters saying that he has all of Enobarbus's treasure, and some additional items, from Antony. Enobarbus does not believe him at first, but the soldier assures him he speaks the truth, and requests safe passage in return. He exits. Enobarbus feels even worse, and decides that he can no longer serve Caesar as the traitor that he is. He will find a place to die:

"I am alone the villain of the earth,
And feel I am so most. O Antony,
Thou
mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
My better service when my
turpitude
Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart.
If swift thought break it not, a swifter
mean
Shall outstrike thought; but thought will do't, I feel.
I fight against thee? No, I will go seek
Some ditch wherein to die. The foul'st best fits
My latter part of life."
Act 4, Scene 6, ll. 31-40

Topic Tracking: Honor 6

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