Continued from "The Restored Cleopatra", page 14 - Cleopatra sits upon her throne. Beside her, as Court Chamberlain, stands Apollodorus. Seated before the throne, in a semi-circle, are Sosigenes, Ramos and Rufio. Germanicus is standing. Each, as he speaks, rises to his feet:

As you know, Antony's wife - Fulvia -
raised an army to attack Octavian
on Antony's behalf -
Without his knowledge - he knew
nothing about it!
In any case, she was defeated by
Agrippa. Octavian pardoned her.
He told the Senate - he felt
that Fulvia's attack was the
desperate act of an abandoned
wife to shame her husband into
returning from Egypt - and from
But that I kept Antony here
bewitched - and would not permit
Fulvia is now dead, your Majesty.
Of a sudden illness, and fever...
A pause.
How much of this is known to Antony?
All of it - and more. I have written
him regularly. Letters and reports -
dispatches by personal messenger...
And what has he answered?
There have been no answers, your
He looks at Sosigenes, then sits. Slowly, Sosigenes rises...
Your Majesty - it has been almost
a year that Lord Antony has been
with us -
(a wry smile)
That long? The time has gone so
Never have our lives been more
happy, more content. But for those
of us concerned with the future -
Are you implying that I am not - ?
(goes right on)
- it becomes less distinct, perhaps
Because Octavian overflows the
sewers of Rome with his filth about
me? The good citizens must be bored
with my villainy - they've heard
it since Caesar's time...
Rome trades with Egypt to grow rich,
and we with Rome to stay alive -
where are the promised trade
treaties? The promised military
(growing anger)
Has this become an audience of
reproach for your Queen? This is not
your school room, Sosigenes - Lord
Antony and I will not be scolded
for neglecting our work!
(stands his ground)
At his arrival here, Lord Antony was
fully empowered to make all treaties
and alliances in the name of Rome...
(he turns to Germanicus)
Is the Roman Senate today -
Octavian's Senate - prepared to
approve any and all commitments
made by Antony?
(rising slowly)
Your Majesty, the Roman people love
their heroes. Octavian may call
himself Caesar, whatever he likes.
Antony remains their idol. But
they want him with them - in Rome.
An absent hero loses votes...

Now, Cleopatra just listens. Now, for the first time - and strongly - her ambition comes into conflict with her deep personal desires.

Octavian would regard it as a great
personal triumph if the Senate were
to reject a commitment by Antony?
He dreams of such things...
And if Antony were to return to Rome?
Such nightmares keep him from sleep...
Agrippa, by order of Octavian, is
building a large fleet of warships.
For what purpose?
There can be only one. Between Rome
and Egypt, there is - water...
Your Majesty. I said I had received
no reply from Lord Antony. But
there was one. Written in his
own hand. I received it only
(Cleopatra eyes him
He wrote that, he was no longer
interested in the matters I
described to him. That he would
not return to Rome. That he
understood quite clearly what was
at stake - what he could lose.
But that he would not leave you...

There is silence. Cleopatra rises to her feet. Apollodorus taps with his staff. Cleopatra enters her apartment through the secret passage. She starts to enter the library, but hesitates as she hears - splashing and giggling coming from the direction of her bath. She heads toward it and finds Antony in her bath. The scene continues uncut with Cleopatra's deeply conflicted realization that Antony must leave for Rome. She pleads, with her heart on her sleeve, that Antony not forget her, as she knows "they" will try to make happen. The scene ends with Antony saying, "Forget? How? I can never be more far away from you than this...". They kiss and the scene dissolves to Octavian's villa in Rome. Octavian, seated, picks among grapes in a bowl at his side. Agrippa, wine in hand, stands by a charcoal brazier.

Antony must not return to Rome...
(he spits out a seed)
Except, of course, with me. As
brothers, hand in hand...
And who will hold your other hands?
We will go to welcome him at
Brindisium - see Germanicus and
make the necessary arrangements.
His legions shall be rewarded -
have Germanicus make this known
to them - with extra pay and
grants of land...
And Antony? Will he be rewarded
with what he has come to demand - ?
He hasn't come to demand anything.
Antony has been sent...

He's bitten into a bad grape. He spits it out.

(he drinks)
What is it she wants - ?
Cleopatra - ? Eventually - ? She
wants all there is, Agrippa - and
all there will be...
Then Antony must want it, too...
No. Antony's ambition has always
been - like that of an enormous
backward child. He has no
yearnings, he holds out is
greedy fists for what he can see -
for anything held up before him that
shines in the sun. And is content...
And she?
Will never know contentment. The
mark of true ambition - wanting
without limit. To begin with, the
world. To conquer the world, she
must first conquer the man who will
conquer it for her. Julius Caesar.
Murdered - and taken from her. She
must start again. Who next? Mark
And if Antony should fail her?
She will start again. To her last
breath - she will start again. Such
ambition, after all, is - like
breathing - a natural function.
But how exhausting it must be - for
 a woman...
And well it should be. As exhausting
as bearing a child should be - for
a man. These women who would be
men! Our forefathers knew what they
were about. One had the right to
expose female babies at birth. If
they were permitted to live, they
kept their place or were sold into
slavery -
(Octavia comes in.
Octavian sees her;
Agrippa does not.
she listens, fascinated:)
- their duties were raising the
young, their responsibility was
the family - what more can a woman
want, what more has nature equipped
her for? Those were the laws upon
which Rome grew to greatness! And
what have we today? By the gods,
the last war I fought was against
a woman - Antony's wife! And the
next war I fight may well be
against -
(interrupting neatly)
It may well be against my sister -
and sooner than you think...

Agrippa turns. He is overcome with embarrassment. Octavia smiles at him sweetly...

My - my Lady Octavia! We were
merely speaking, your brother and I,
of our ancestors and their strange
customs - I had no idea you were
My brother - and my husband while
he lived - taught me well, my
Lord Agrippa. I never listen
when men talk...
(to Octavian)
Has my Lord Brother any further
duties for me tonight? Am I to
be exposed on a hilltop - or may
I just go to bed?
These grapes are over-ripe. I
may sell you as a slave - to
(to Agrippa)
He intends to cheat you, my Lord...

She bends to kiss Octavian's cheek...

Whatever I may have said of women,
my Lady, had no application to
such as you, believe me...
You were speaking of Mark Antony's
(steering the conversation
Actually, we spoke of Antony,
himself. Had you heard that he
was returning?

Octavia covers her reaction to the news.

No, Is he?
(she busies herself
with the grapes)
These grapes are dreadful - slavery
is too good for me...

Octavian eyes her speculatively...

He will come first to Brindisium.
Agrippa and I intend to welcome his
arrival in a great ceremony.
Antony must be made to know how
dear to the hearts of Rome - of
all of us - he is and has been...

The scene continues with Octavian's ploy to use his sister to "help" Antony stay in Rome. He will offer the widow Octavia to be Antony's wife.

Granted that he marries Octavia -
will he forget Cleopatra? Will
she permit him to forget?
Most probably not.
Then - what will happen to Octavia -
and to her marriage?
Do you remember a time when Julius
Caesar feared Pompey? When he
was weak - and Pompey strong?
Caesar, you will recall, gave
Pompey his daughter as wife -
It was a happy marriage. If Julia
had not died -
(breaks in)
Whatever it was and however it
ended - by the time it was over,
Caesar was strong. He no longer
feared Pompey...
Your sister, I think, deserves
So do I. But she will not agree.
(he rises)
There is something about Antony
which escapes you and me, Agrippa -
but for which women will forsake the
living and forget the dead...

They start out.

There is no lady in Rome more gentle,
more virtuous, more loved -
(breaks in, smiling)
Exactly. And - if it should come
to pass - what would Rome then
think of a man who would abandon
Octavia - for Cleopatra. Good
night, Agrippa...

Agrippa leaves. Octavian returns to his grapes. The scene dissolves to the palace in Alexandria at night. A courier has arrived with news for Cleopatra. He tells her that Antony has met with Octavian and sealed a great pact - Egypt will be declared ally of Rome. She is elated! But, Sosigenes can tell there is more news.

(to Cleopatra)
He is afraid. He has heard that
tongues which bring unhappy news
are sometimes cut out...
This man, if he chooses, may have
his tongue dipped in gold..
(to the courier)
Is there anything more? Tell it
without fear...
Forgive me, divine Majesty. There -
there has been a marriage...
A marriage of state. Between
Octavia, the sister of Caesar -
and Lord Antony...

The scene continues as we see it - Cleopatra, knowing a rejection she had never felt before as deeply, breaks down. She slashes and destroys anything that was Antony's, anything that he had touched, then the bed they had shared so often. Using one of his daggers, she stabs and slashes the bed as if Antony lay there. Then, her anger spent, we see her cry for the first time. She cries as a brutally rejected little girl might cry. [Several times throughout the script, Mankiewicz will not allow Cleopatra's tears to fall. He has written her as strong and able to endure great crises. But, here, feeling rejected in love for possibly the first time, she cannot contain her tears, and sobs.] The scene dissolves to a short sequence that is not in the script. We see Antony and his new wife, Octavia, having dinner. He has nothing to say and is visibly bored. Rufio enters and Octavia, knowing there are "matters of state" to be discussed, excuses herself. Rufio reminds Antony that every committee he has sent to Egypt to sign a treaty for wheat and gold, has been refused audience with Cleopatra. She will deal only with Antony. With Rufio's prodding "have you really ever left her", Antony replies, "No." The scene dissolves to Cleopatra's throne room. There, a bitter Cleopatra receives Antony. After forcing him to "kneel - on your knees", she grants him the treaty he so desperately needs - but only under her conditions. She demands that he transfer numerous properties to Egypt. Astonished, he replies, "You ask for one-third of the Roman Empire!" She replies back, "Put it another way. I give to you two-thirds." He is "dismissed" and leaves, red with anger. The scene dissolves to Cleopatra's mausoleum. Antony knows Cleopatra is livid over his marriage to Octavia, and tries to explain that is was nothing more than a political gesture. He says he cannot cede to her the territories she demanded, that it would lead to a break with Rome. "Why do you think I asked for them...", she counters. [They continue to argue over a period of time, indicated by what many people find to be a humorous edit. Cleopatra walks out of her mausoleum in one costume, enters the scene, indicating another day - in another costume, walks out of the scene, then immediately back into the scene in another costume, indicating another day.] She tries to make him understand that he must not allow Octavian to keep control over him, through the marriage to his sister, and through the continued holding of the vast territories of the Roman Empire, a large part being Antony's territories in the East. She tries to make him understand that Octavian's ambition is, "... to rule the world as emperor and god!" She asks him, "And what stands in his way?" He answers, "You and I." She adds, "And Caesarion." With his words, "Meaning to do the best - I suppose I could not have done worse...", she is touched by the abject directness of his confession.

Let some one ask me what I want.
It is to live with you - in peace
and love...
(he smiles)
Do you have conditions for total
First - as Caesar did - you will
marry me according to the Egyptian
That is not a condition - but
a reward...
You will declare by your authority,
Caesarion to be King of Egypt. We
will rule together in his name...
Granted happily...
And you will cede to Egypt all of
the territories I have demanded -
(Antony tenses)
You must! If only to assert your
own authority and power - !
Otherwise - inevitably, in time
we will lose everything. Can't
you see that?
I can see nothing but you...

They kiss. The scene dissolves to the Roman Senate. Dramatically, Octavian spills a leather sack of coins upon a table before his chair. He picks one up,,,

Cleopatra, Queen.
(he turns it over)
Marcus Antonius, Autokrat.
(he tosses it aside)
A new title bestowed upon our
Antony by his gracious queen.
Autokrat. From the Greek. One
of her many native tongues.
Absolute sovereign...
(sudden sharpness)
But not quite king! No. Antony
himself has proclaimed his own
king - the autokrat's autokrat,
if you will - Cleopatra's son!
Named by her after the Divine
Caesar - but who can say by what
unknown father it was sired, on
what forgotten night...?
How well she knows Rome, this
witch of the Nile! How well
she knows that we, loving Antony,
will forgive him what from other
men would drive us to war!
(to his feet)
I am no longer content to forgive
Antony! To marry this Egyptian
according to their barbaric rites -
(to his feet)
Meaningless under Roman Law!
Great Caesar himself -
Yes! Bit by bit Antony crawls
behind his memory - but tell us,
Germanicus! Did Great Caesar
also toss one-third of the Roman
Empire into Cleopatra's undoubtedly
deserving lap?
This marriage is an expression of
contempt for Rome - the ceding of
our territories an act of aggression
against Rome! I demand that
Antony be instructed at once to
revoke he marriage and return
to us our Eastern possessions!

A storm of approval overwhelms the Senate - and the silent small group of Antony's supporters...

How little after all, it seems,
Cleopatra knows Rome.

The scene dissolves to the throne room of the palace in Alexandria. Caesarion occupies the highest of three thrones; those for Cleopatra and Antony being lower than his. All present are in full state regalia.

Antony is speaking to the Roman Ambassador who stands before them, flanked by Lictors...

Let it be known that the territories
in dispute were subjugated by Julius
Caesar! There can be no question
that the right to rule over them
is the heritage of his son - and,
in the name of the Mighty Caesar, I
grant to King ptolemy Caesarion
that right! And let it be known
that the greatness of Rome lies
not in what she takes - but in
what she gives.

He nods to Apollodorus, who raps with his staff. Cleopatra and Caesarion rise. The Ambassador, about to answer, must be still. Grimly, he and his lictors make way, as Caesarion, followed by Cleopatra and Antony, leave the throne room. [Though not technically a cut scene, Taylor has no dialogue, and is seen so briefly - and off to the side, that it seems fitting to give this appearance a moment of closer study.]

The scene dissolves to Octavian's house.