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The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra

The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra


by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra Act I, Scene iii Summary

  • Meanwhile Cleopatra sends Charmian, her servant, to see what Antony is doing. She lets us know the best way to keep a man’s interest is to seem as disinterested in him as possible.
  • Just then, Antony shows up with the news that he’s leaving for Rome. Cleopatra swoons this way and that, wishing she’d never met him.
  • He finally explains that he needs to take care of the war brewing with Sextus Pompeius. Further, Cleopatra should feel OK about him going because Fulvia is dead.
  • Cleopatra has a moment of seriousness. She is shocked by Fulvia’s death, but also at Antony’s calmness over the death.
  • They argue a bit over how much Antony loves Cleopatra, and whether Antony will forget Cleopatra as quickly as he forgot Fulvia.
  • Finally Cleopatra concedes he should go to Rome and take care of his affairs. She wishes him well, and they both promise they’ll be with each other in spirit while they’re apart physically.
  • Antony leaves.

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