Charmion is one of Cleopatra’s maids. She is fiercely loyal to her mistress, as demonstrated at the end of the play, when she kills herself in solidarity with Cleopatra’s suicide. Charmion is the only person left alive when Serapion bursts into the throne room to find their mistress dead. When he asks her “is this well done?”, Charmion proclaims proudly that Cleopatra died honorably, as the last of a great line of monarchs, before sinking down and dying. Charmion is thus also, in a sense, the keeper of Cleopatra’s legacy—as the last person to see her before she died.
Charmion Character Timeline in All For Love
The timeline below shows where the character Charmion appears in All For Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to stop loving Antony, but Cleopatra says she can never forget him. Cleopatra’s other maid, Charmion, comes in and reports her encounter with Antony. He had tears in his eyes when... (full context)
...despair at Antony’s abandonment. She tries to kill herself with a dagger, but Iras and Charmion prevent her. They call out against heaven for punishing such a virtuous woman, suggesting that... (full context)
...Cleopatra kisses his lips, observing that they are now alone again, like lovers. Iras and Charmion reenter, and Cleopatra dresses herself in her finest clothes. She places a laurel on Antony’s... (full context)
...of Cleopatra and Iras’s bodies (as Iras has also killed herself with Cleopatra), Serapion asks Charmion “is this well done?” Charmion proclaims proudly that Cleopatra died honorably, as the last of... (full context)