Twelfth Night


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Viola and Malvolio at several doors
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count


MALVOLIO

Were not you even now with the Countess

Olivia?


VIOLA

Even now, sir; on a moderate pace I have since

arrived but hither.


MALVOLIO

She returns this ring to you, sir. You might

have saved me my pains, to have taken it away yourself.

She adds, moreover, that you should put your lord into

a desperate assurance she will none of him; and one
assurance (n.) 1 security, certainty, confidence
desperate (adj.) 1 despairing, hopeless, without hope

thing more, that you be never so hardy to come again in
hardy (adj.) bold, daring, forward

his affairs – unless it be to report your lord's taking of

this. Receive it so.


VIOLA

She took the ring of me, I'll none of it.


MALVOLIO

Come, sir, you peevishly threw it to her, and

her will is it should be so returned. If it be worth stooping

for, there it lies in your eye; if not, be it his that finds
eye (n.) 1 sight, view, presence

it.

Exit


VIOLA

I left no ring with her; what means this lady?

Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her!
charm (v.) 1 work magic [on], bewitch, enchant
outside (n.) 1 appearance, look, outside show

She made good view of me, indeed so much
view (n.) 2 inspection, examination

That – methought – her eyes had lost her tongue,
lose (v.) 3 lose sight of, forget
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

For she did speak in starts, distractedly.
distractedly (adv.) disjointedly, erratically, with agitation
starts, by / in in fits and starts

She loves me, sure, the cunning of her passion
cunning (n.) 3 deviousness, deceit, craftiness, artfulness

Invites me in this churlish messenger.

None of my lord's ring? Why, he sent her none.

I am the man! If it be so – as 'tis –

Poor lady, she were better love a dream.

Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness

Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.
pregnant (adj.) 6 resourceful, wily

How easy is it for the proper false
false (n.) false person, deceiver
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely

In women's waxen hearts to set their forms.
form (n.) 2 imprinted shape, impressed image

Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we,

For such as we are made, if such we be.

How will this fadge? My master loves her dearly;
fadge (v.) 2 turn out, end up, come off

And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;
fond (v.) dote, be infatuated

And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me.

What will become of this? As I am man,

My state is desperate for my master's love.

As I am woman – now, alas the day,

What thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe!
thriftless (adj.) useless, worthless, unprofitable

O time, thou must untangle this, not I!

It is too hard a knot for me t' untie.

Exit

 
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