Antony and Cleopatra Translation Act 3, Scene 4
Enter ANTONY and OCTAVIA
Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that— That were excusable, that and thousands more Of semblable import —but he hath waged New wars ’gainst Pompey; made his will, and read it To public ear; Spoke scantly of me; when perforce he could not But pay me terms of honor, cold and sickly He vented them, most narrow measure lent me. When the best hint was given him, he not took ’t, Or did it from his teeth.
No, no, Octavia, it's not just that. That would be excusable, as would thousands of other crimes just like it. But he has also waged new wars against Pompey; and he has also written his will and read it aloud in public. He has spoken badly of me, and when he was forced to say things in my favor, his words were cold and unenthusiastic and he gave me very little credit. Even when he had the strongest reason to praise me, he did not do it, or he did it very unwillingly.
O my good lord, Believe not all, or, if you must believe, Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady, If this division chance, ne’er stood between, Praying for both parts. The good gods will mock me presently, When I shall pray “O bless my lord and husband!” Undo that prayer by crying out as loud “O bless my brother!” Husband win, win brother Prays and destroys the prayer; no midway ’Twixt these extremes at all.
Gentle Octavia, Let your best love draw to that point which seeks Best to preserve it. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself; better I were not yours Than yours so branchless. But, as you requested, Yourself shall go between ’s. The meantime, lady, I’ll raise the preparation of a war Shall stain your brother. Make your soonest haste; So your desires are yours.
Thanks to my lord. The Jove of power make me most weak, most weak, Your reconciler! Wars ’twixt you twain would be As if the world should cleave, and that slain men Should solder up the rift.
When it appears to you where this begins, Turn your displeasure that way, for our faults Can never be so equal that your love Can equally move with them. Provide your going; Choose your own company and command what cost Your heart has mind to.
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