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Can you explain Cleopatra's monologue in Act 1, scene 5 of Anthony and Cleopatra?

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The first bit's reasonably easy, I think: Cleo is just imagining what Antony might be doing on the other side of the world. And, thinking that he might be on his horse, she envies the horse - as he has Antony sitting on him!

She then tells the horse to do its job bravely: as the person it moves is the "demi-Atlas" of the earth (Atlas was the Titan who held the world up on his back!). Antony is not only holding up the...

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