|the faults of Antony seem enlarged by his virtues, which give relief to his faults, and make them show out more prominently.|
|25-28. If he fill'd . . . call on him for't: --If Anthony followed his debaucheries at times of leisure only, I should leave him to be punished by their natural consequences, by surfeits and dry bones.|
|36-38. Pompey . . . fear'd Cæsar: --Those whom not love but fear made adherents to Cæsar now show their affection for Pompey.|
|55-71. Antony . . . lank'd not.: --This superb speech is based upon the following passage in Plutarch's Life of Antonius, where the writer is relating what happened after the death of Julius Cæsar, but before the Triumvirate was formed: "Cicero, being the chiefest man of authority and estimation in the city, stirred up all men against Antonius, and sent Hircius and Pansa, then Consuls, to drive him out of Italy. These two Consuls, together with Cæsar, who also had an army, went against An- tonius, that besieged the city of Modena, and there overthrew him in battell; but both the Consuls were slain there. Antonius, flying upon this overthrow, fell into great misery al at once; but the chiefest want of al other, and that pinched him most, was famine. Howbeit, he was of such a strong nature, that by patience he would overcome any adversity; and the heavier fortune lay upon him, the more constant he shewed himselfe. And it was a wonderfull example to the souldiers to see Antonius, that was brought up in al finenesse and superfluity, so easily to drink puddle water, and to eate wild fruits and roots. And moreover it is reported, that even as they passed the Alpes they did eate the barkes of trees, and such beasts as never man tasted of their flesh before."|
|4. Mandragora : --Compare Othello, III. iii. 330-333:--|
So too in Adlington's translation of The Golden Ass of Apuleius: "I gave him no poyson but a doling drink of mandragora, which is of such force, that it will cause any man to sleepe as though he were dead."
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Publication information: Book title: Antony and Cleopatra. Contributors: William Shakespeare - Author. Publisher: University Society. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1901. Page number: 175.