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I did not send you. If you find him sad, Say I am dancing; if in mirth, report That I am sudden sick… (I. iii. 3-6) Earlier, she looks for him, sends for him, and then leaves as he approaches (I. ii. 90-92). When he summons her to attend him on land, she appears on water, her barge seducing the winds, the river itself and all her subjects, leaving Antony in command of an empty town: The city cast Her people out upon her, and Antony, Enthron’d i'th’ market-place, did sit alone, Whistling to th’ air; which, but for vacancy, Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra, too, And made a gap in nature.
247-8);3 and she does it by promising what she frequently, but not predictably, fails to deliver, by being inconsistently elsewhere. Cleopatra’s most repeated seductive strategy, in other words, is not to be where Antony might expect to find her. Sometimes this is ALTERNATIVE SHAKESPEARES 2 43 figurative, a question of her state of mind, or behaviour, as in the case where she instructs Charmian, See where he is, who's with him, what he does. I did not send you. If you find him sad, Say I am dancing; if in mirth, report That I am sudden sick… (I.
At its best, by contrast, fiction, like seduction, is inventive; it depends on the play of surfaces. It is only in Literature departments and on the committees awarding literary prizes that fiction becomes solemn, weighty, a duty, a moral obligation. Fiction can also, however, give us information about its own historical moment, not by reflection, but by producing or ALTERNATIVE SHAKESPEARES 2 41 reproducing the images in circulation in the culture at that time. Fiction is intelligible to the degree that it draws on the representations people recognize; it is radical to the degree that it challenges or modifies those representations, but still within the limits of intelligibility.
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