Antony and Cleopatra - Study Guide Act 2, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 2 Summary

Enobarbus, friend to Antony, is at the home of Lepidus, in Rome. The two are arguing about Antony's lack of diplomacy, with Enobarbus insisting that he will not dampen his master's spirits. Antony, Ventidius, Caesar, Maecenas and Agrippa arrive. The men debate their differences: Antony insists that his wife and brother fought Caesar without his approval, to bring him back from Egypt, and that he did not mean to break his word to Caesar by remaining in Egypt when Caesar called for assistance. Agrippa proposes that the men bind themselves through marriage between Antony and Octavia, Caesar's sister. All but Enobarbus, Maecenas and Agrippa leave to arrange the ceremony. The talk between the remaining men is of life in Alexandria, its feasts, lavish entertainments and endless pleasures. Enobarbus explains that Antony can never give up his relationship with Cleopatra, despite the new marriage.

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