Agrippa and Enobarbus leave then

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Agrippa and Enobarbus leave then, as the others enter, and Caesar tells Antony: Let not the piece of virtue which is set Betwixt us as the cement of our love, To keep it builded, be the ram to batter The fortress of it; for better might we Have loved without this mean, if on both parts This be not cherish'd (29-34) The image here that Caesar evokes is of a building, and the love of the two men for the virtuous  Octavia is the cement. (She is the "piece" or masterpiece of virtue referred to here). But were  Octavia to be ill-treated, or if she were to be considered as a hostage, she would be the battering  ram that would cause the whole structure of their precarious alliance to crumble. Thus, Caesar says  that he would hate Antony more if Octavia were to be misused than he would hate Antony if Octavia  had never been given to him to "cement" their peace. Antony warns Caesar not to pursue this mistrust any further, lest he (Antony) take offense at it. 
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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