Like Ventidius, Dollabella is another of Antony’s close friends. Although he loves Antony and is very loyal to him as well, their friendship is tested by Dollabella’s continuing passion for Cleopatra. When it seems as if Antony is going to leave the Egyptian court, Dollabella begins to contemplate trying to win Cleopatra from Antony. Cleopatra, for her part, thinks of flirting with Dollabella as a way to make Antony jealous and recapture his love. Seeing Dollabella and Cleopatra together, Octavia and Ventidius bring the news to Antony that the two are romantically involved, inciting Antony’s rage. In fact, however, Cleopatra couldn’t go through with the false romance, while Dollabella says that he admires Cleopatra’s constancy to Antony and loves her “no more than friendship will allow.” Antony, however, is unforgiving and orders Dollabella out of his sight. In this way, Dollabella ultimately prioritizes his friendship with Antony above romantic love. This provides a point of contrast with Antony, who chooses Cleopatra over all his friendships.
Dollabella Quotes in All For Love
The All For Love quotes below are all either spoken by Dollabella or refer to Dollabella. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of All For Love published in 2004.).
Dollabella Character Timeline in All For Love
The timeline below shows where the character Dollabella appears in All For Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...he can never love her but also doesn’t want to treat her dishonorably. Ventidius and Dollabella urge Antony to abandon Cleopatra and take back Octavia, pointing out that “you have ruined... (full context)
...kings, just to be Antony’s mistress. However, he argues that Cleopatra ought to go with Dollabella, since Antony has rejected her. At this, Antony is enraged and orders him from his... (full context)
...that Cleopatra is gone, and Antony at first is enraged, thinking she has escaped with Dollabella. Alexas protests her innocence. Antony asks why Cleopatra has not come to defend herself, if... (full context)