Antony believed the message, and saying to himself,
‘Why dost thou longer delay, Antony? Fortune has taken away thy sole remaining excuse for clinging to life,’ he went into his chamber. Here, as he unfastened his breastplate and laid it aside, he said;
‘O Cleopatra, I am not grieved to be bereft of thee, for I shall straight-way join thee; but I am grieved that such an imperator as I am has been found to be inferior to a woman in courage.’
Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives. with an English Translation by. Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1920. 9.
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