All For Love

Dollabella Character Analysis

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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of All For Love published in 2004.
Act 3 Quotes

But yet the loss was private that I made;
’Twas but myself I lost: I lost no legions;
I had no world to lose, no people’s love.

Related Characters: Dollabella (speaker), Antony, Cleopatra
Page Number: 89
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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.
Act 3
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...be able to advocate for him. Antony admits that he used to have a friend: Dollabella, a loyal soldier who was also in love with Cleopatra. Antony sent him away as... (full context)
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Dollabella and Antony have an emotional reunion. Antony laments him that he is now “other than... (full context)
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...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)
Act 4
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Antony orders Dollabella to inform Cleopatra of his departure, since Ventidius would be too harsh with her. Dollabella... (full context)
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After Antony leaves, Dollabella observes that men like Antony have appetites that are as changeable as that of children.... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Alexas urges Cleopatra to use Dollabella’s feelings for her to make Antony jealous. Cleopatra protests at the idea of this disloyalty.... (full context)
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 Cleopatra asks Dollabella, Iras, and Charmion what they have been talking about. Dollabella claims that they have been... (full context)
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Cleopatra asks whether Antony sent this news regretfully. Dollabella lies and says that Antony spoke harshly of her, calling her the “blot of my... (full context)
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Ventidius and Octavia spy on Dollabella and Cleopatra. They misinterpret the gesture of Dollabella taking Cleopatra’s hand, assuming that Cleopatra has... (full context)
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...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)
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...him to share his feelings openly to the world rather than concealing them. He calls Dollabella to him and asks how Cleopatra took the news of his departure. Dollabella says that... (full context)
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When Cleopatra enters, Antony shouts at her and Dollabella, accusing them of betraying him. He demands that Dollabella tell him whether he loves Cleopatra,... (full context)
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Antony points out that Cleopatra and Dollabella’s only witnesses to prove that they’re telling the truth are each other—and the guilty can’t... (full context)
Act 5
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Alexas argues that there is still hope: Octavia is gone, Dollabella is banished, and thus the way is open for Cleopatra to make her way back... (full context)
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...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)
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...her death, that she never betrayed him to Octavius, and that she never cared for Dollabella. As he dies, Antony makes her promise to come soon after him, promising that they... (full context)