The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra Act III, Scene iii Summary
- Cleopatra and her servants meet the messenger she had previously whipped. He’s bearing news on whether Octavia might compete with Cleopatra for Antony’s affection.
- The news turns out to be good. He watched Octavia in Rome as she walked between Antony and Caesar. The woman, he reports, isn't beautiful. She’s short, brown-haired and round faced, with a low forehead, walks with a creep instead of a saunter, and she’s at least 30.
- Cleopatra is overjoyed and repents that she cursed Antony.
- She promises the messenger plenty of gold, and asks forgiveness for that one time when she tried to knife him.
- Cleopatra’s certain that she can win Antony’s affections back.