The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
Guilt and Blame Quotes
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As nearly as I may,
I'll play the penitent to you; but mine honesty
Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power
Work without it. (2.2.91)
Antony will admit his wrongs where he’s performed them, but he’s careful to say that his repentance of those actions doesn’t diminish his power. Antony claims that his ability to be honest and admit his flaws is actually a source of his greatness.
In praising Antony I have disprais'd Caesar.
Many times, madam.
I am paid for't now. (2.5.106)
Cleopatra admits that she’s wronged Julius Caesar by praising Antony, and she now pays her dues for this. She is reminded of her ills against former lovers, but repents only after she is punished for them.
Go, Eros, send his treasure after; do it;
Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him-
I will subscribe- gentle adieus and greetings;
Say that I wish he never find more cause
To change a master. O, my fortunes have
Corrupted honest men! Dispatch. Enobarbus! (4.5.13)
Antony feels real compassion for Enobarbus. Rather than curse him for the betrayal, Antony berates himself, feeling guilty that his bad fortune has made honest men do what they otherwise would not.