A messenger enters then with news of Antony

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A messenger enters then with news of Antony, and Cleopatra is so excited that she hardly gives him  a chance to speak. She interrupts him, she rambles, she threatens him with punishment if the news  is bad, and then she promises him wealth if the news is good. The messenger is understandably  anxious. He rightly suspects that his queen will not be pleased to learn that Antony has made friends  with Caesar and that he has married Octavia. Upon hearing the news, Cleopatra strikes the messenger and threatens to stab him. She later  regrets her impulsiveness, however, for she realizes that it is ignoble for one in power to hit someone  who has done no wrong and who is powerless to defend himself. She asks that the messenger be  brought back to her, and she asks him to tell her more about what has happened. Again she hears  the incredible news, and again she orders the messenger from her sight. Cleopatra is grief-stricken; 
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