Antony And Cleopatra – Monologue (Cleopatra)

A monologue from the play by William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 2


Sir, I will eat no meat, I’ll not drink, sir;
If idle talk will once be necessary,
I’ll not sleep neither: this mortal house I’ll ruin,
Do Caesar what he can. Know, sir, that I
Will not wait pinion’d at your master’s court;
Nor once be chastised with the sober eye
Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up
And show me to the shouting varletry
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
Be gentle grave unto me! rather on Nilus’ mud
Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Blow me into abhorring! rather make
My country’s high pyramides my gibbet,
And hang me up in chains!

Read the play here – Folger|No Fear Shakespeare

Watch the movie – 1973 (Charlton Heston)|2017 (Royal Shakespeare Company)

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