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Q: Cleopatra's Charms
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0801.  Saturday, 9 November 1996.

From:           Pervez Rizvi <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Nov 96 13:50:17 GMT
Subject:        Antony and Cleopatra

Years ago, before I read Antony and Cleopatra, I believed that Enobarbus'
famous description of Cleo contained the lines:

Age cannot wither her charms,
Nor custom stale her infinite variety.

On reading the play I discovered that the actual text, at 2.2.237, derived of
course from the Folio, is:

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety.....

Note the absence of the word 'charms' in the Folio text.

Did I only imagine the alternative version? Or does anyone know an edition of
A&C which actually contains the lines I remembered?
 

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