CAESAR. Cleopatra: I really think I must...

Caesar and Cleopatra

Julius Caesar Cleopatra

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CAESAR. Cleopatra: I really think I must eat you after all.

CLEOPATRA. (Kneeling beside him and looking at him with eager interest, half real, half affected to show how intelligent she is) You must not talk to me now as if I were a child.

CAESAR. You have been growing up since the Sphinx introduced us the other night; and you think you know more than I do already.

CLEOPATRA. (Taken down, and anxious to justify herself) No: that would be very silly of me: of course I know that. But—- (suddenly) are you angry with me?

CAESAR. No.

CLEOPATRA. (Only half believing him) Then why are you so thoughtful?

CAESAR. (Rising) I have work to do, Cleopatra.

CLEOPATRA. (Drawing back) Work! (Offended) You are tired of talking to me; and that is your excuse to get away from me.

CAESAR. (Sitting down again

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