Horses, Inches, Slime: Antony and Cleopatra

Horses: The ‘stale of horses’ [1.4.68-73]; “O happy horse to bear the weight of Anthony”[1.5.26]; “And soberly did mount an arm-guant steed,” [1.5.55]; “the ne’er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia/ We have jade out o’ the field.” “The third o’ the world is yours, which with a snaffle/ You may pace* easy, but not such a wife.” [2.2.81-81]; [3.2.27-28]; Eno., “Will Caesar weep?” Agr., “He has a cloud in’s face.” Eno., “He were the worse for that, were he a horse/ So is he, being a man.” [3.2.66]; “The wife of Antony/ Should have an army for an usher, and/ The neighs of horse to tell of her approach/ Long ere she did appear.” [3.6.54-57]; “If we should serve with horse and mares together,/ the horse were merely lost; the mares would bear a soldier and his horse.” [3.7.10-12]; “Our ninetten legions thou shalt hold by land/ And our twelve thousand horse.” [3.7.73-74]; “You keep by land/ the legions and the horse whole, do you not?” [3.7.88-89]; “to casear will I render my legions and my horse.” [3.11.41-42]; “That which is now a horse, even with a thought/ the rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct as water is in water.” [4.14.12-15];

* ‘snaffle’ and ‘pace’, terms used in horsemanship.

Inches: “Well, if you were but an inch of fortune better than I, where would you choose it?” [1.2.61]; “I would I had thy inches! Thou shouldst know/ There were a heart in Egypt.” [1.3.54-55];

Slime: “By the fire/ that quickens Nilus’ slime, I go from hence/ Thy soldier, servant, making peace or war/ As thou affects” [1.3.86-89]; “slimy jaws” of fishes [2.5.16]; “As it ebbs, the seedsman/ Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,/ And shortly comes to harvest.” [2.7.22-24]; “These fig leaves/ have slime upon them.” [5.2.428-429].

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