Antony and Cleopatra


William Shakespeare

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Antony and Cleopatra: Act 4, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

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At Antony’s military camp, a soldier informs him that Enobarbus has deserted him for Octavius, but has left his “chests and treasure” behind. Antony orders for these things to be sent to Enobarbus with “gentle adieus and greetings,” lamenting, “O, my fortunes have / Corrupted honest men!”
Antony learns of the disastrous news of Enobarbus’ desertion secondhand from a soldier. He responds not by cutting off all ties to Enobarbus, but by honorably remaining kind to him, showing the extent of his own loyalty to his followers.
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