Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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Sc. 394.14

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, Mardian
Editor’s Note1

cleopatra Help me, my women! O, he's more mad

Editor’s Note2Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly

Editor’s Note3Was never so embossed.

charmian To th' monument!

4There lock yourself, and send him word you are dead.

Editor’s Note Link 5The soul and body rive not more in parting

Editor’s Note6Than greatness going off.

cleopatra To th' monument!

7Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself.

8Say that the last I spoke was 'Antony',

9And word it, prithee, piteously. Hence, Mardian,

Editor’s Note10And bring me how he takes my death. To th' monument!


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39.1 Exeunt Mardian may leave before the women, who depart in another direction; everyone is running.
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39.2 Telamon Ajax, who went mad and killed himself after the capture of Troy (feeling disgraced because he was not awarded Achilles' shield).
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39.2 boar of Thessaly sent by Diana to ravage Calydon; killed by Meleager
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39.3 embossed driven to extremity (a hunting term)
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39.3 monument a tomb built by Cleopatra in anticipation of her death (as pharaohs normally did)
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39.5 rive cleave
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39.6 going off departing
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39.10 bring me bring me word
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