Twelfth Night

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Enter Valentine, and Viola in man's attire


If the Duke continue these favours towards

you, Cesario, you are like to be much advanced. He hath
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

known you but three days, and already you are no



You either fear his humour or my negligence, that
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count

you call in question the continuance of his love. Is he
continuance (n.) 3 lasting nature, permanence, durability

inconstant, sir, in his favours?


No, believe me.

Enter Orsino, Curio, and attendants


I thank you. Here comes the Count.


Who saw Cesario, ho?


On your attendance, my lord, here.


(to Curio and attendants)

Stand you awhile aloof. (To Viola) Cesario,

Thou knowest no less but all. I have unclasped
unclasp (v.) reveal, display, divulge

To thee the book even of my secret soul.

Therefore, good youth, address thy gait unto her.
address (v.) 3 direct, apply, turn
gait (n.) 2 proceedings, course, doings, steps

Be not denied access; stand at her doors,

And tell them, there thy fixed foot shall grow

Till thou have audience.


                         Sure, my noble lord,

If she be so abandoned to her sorrow

As it is spoke, she never will admit me.


Be clamorous and leap all civil bounds
bound (n.) 1 limit, boundary, confine, barrier
civil (adj.) 1 civilized, cultured, refined

Rather than make unprofited return.


Say I do speak with her, my lord, what then?


O, then unfold the passion of my love.

Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith.
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat
surprise (v.) 2 take prisoner, capture [especially: suddenly, unexpectedly]

It shall become thee well to act my woes;
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

She will attend it better in thy youth
attend (v.) 7 listen [to], pay attention [to]
attend (v.) 6 regard, consider

Than in a nuncio's of more grave aspect.
aspect (n.) 1 [of a human face] look, appearance, expression
nuncio (n.) messenger, emissary


I think not so, my lord.


                         Dear lad, believe it.

For they shall yet belie thy happy years
belie (v.) 1 slander, tell lies about

That say thou art a man. Diana's lip

Is not more smooth and rubious. Thy small pipe
pipe (n.) voice
rubious (adj.) ruby-coloured, deep red

Is as the maiden's organ, shrill and sound,
sound (adj.) 4 unbroken

And all is semblative a woman's part.
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
semblative (adj.) resembling, looking like

I know thy constellation is right apt
apt (adj.) 1 fit, ready, prepared
constellation [the stars were thought to influence people and events] disposition, character, temperament See Topics: Cosmos

For this affair. Some four or five attend him –
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

All, if you will; for I myself am best

When least in company. Prosper well in this,

And thou shalt live as freely as thy lord,

To call his fortunes thine.


                         I'll do my best

To woo your lady. (Aside) Yet, a barful strife!
barful (adj.) full of hindrances, with impediments

Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife.


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