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Antony and Cleopatra | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Antony and Cleopatra | Act 3, Scene 9 | Summary



Antony and Enobarbus enter. They are outside, presumably in a position from which they can view the harbor. Antony announces they will set squadrons (arrange their soldiers) on the hillside to keep track of how many ships Caesar has.


In this mini-scene, Shakespeare provides another chance to let the audience know what is going on without having to show it. Antony's brief instructions to Enobarbus are less effective than Caesar's to Taurus. Antony seems not to have planned this part of the battle; he's gambling on knowing what to do once he sees how many ships Caesar has sent out. Antony's exit line, "And so proceed accordingly," sounds ominously vague compared with Caesar's "Our fortune lies / Upon this jump."

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