Twelfth Night


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Olivia and Maria


OLIVIA

(aside)

I have sent after him, he says he'll come.

How shall I feast him? What bestow of him?
bestow (v.) 2 give as a gift [to], present [with]

For youth is bought more oft than begged or borrowed.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

I speak too loud.

(To Maria) Where's Malvolio? He is sad and civil,

And suits well for a servant with my fortunes.

Where is Malvolio?


MARIA

He's coming, madam, but in very strange manner.

He is sure possessed, madam.


OLIVIA

Why, what's the matter? Does he rave?


MARIA

No, madam, he does nothing but smile. Your

ladyship were best to have some guard about you, if he

come, for sure the man is tainted in's wits.
tainted (adj.) 1 infected, diseased
wits, also five wits faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)


OLIVIA

Go, call him hither.

Exit Maria

                         I am as mad as he

If sad and merry madness equal be.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Malvolio and Maria

How now, Malvolio?


MALVOLIO

Sweet lady! Ho! Ho!


OLIVIA

Smil'st thou? I sent for thee upon a sad occasion.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count


MALVOLIO

Sad, lady? I could be sad; this does make

some obstruction in the blood, this cross-gartering – but
cross-gartering (n.) wearing garters crossed along the legs

what of that? If it please the eye of one, it is with me as

the very true sonnet is: ‘Please one and please all'.
sonnet (n.) 1 song, lyric


OLIVIA

Why, how dost thou, man? What is the matter

with thee?


MALVOLIO

Not black in my mind, though yellow in my

legs. It did come to his hands; and commands shall be

executed. I think we do know the sweet Roman hand.


OLIVIA

Wilt thou go to bed, Malvolio?


MALVOLIO

To bed! ‘ Ay, sweetheart, and I'll come to

thee!’


OLIVIA

God comfort thee! Why dost thou smile so, and

kiss thy hand so oft?
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


MARIA

How do you, Malvolio?


MALVOLIO

At your request? Yes; nightingales answer

daws.
daw (n.) 1 jackdaw [as noted for its stupidity]; dolt, fool


MARIA

Why appear you with this ridiculous boldness

before my lady?


MALVOLIO

‘ Be not afraid of greatness.’ 'Twas well writ.


OLIVIA

What mean'st thou by that, Malvolio?


MALVOLIO

‘ Some are born great – ’


OLIVIA

Ha?


MALVOLIO

‘ Some achieve greatness – ’


OLIVIA

What sayest thou?


MALVOLIO

‘ And some have greatness thrust upon

them.’


OLIVIA

Heaven restore thee!


MALVOLIO

‘ Remember who commended thy yellow
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

stockings – ’


OLIVIA

Thy yellow stockings?


MALVOLIO

‘ – and wished to see thee cross-gartered.’
cross-gartered (adj.) with garters crossed along the legs


OLIVIA

Cross-gartered?


MALVOLIO

‘ Go to, thou art made if thou desir'st to be

so.’


OLIVIA

Am I maid!


MALVOLIO

‘ If not, let me see thee a servant still.’


OLIVIA

Why, this is very midsummer madness.

Enter a Servant


SERVANT

Madam, the young gentleman of the Count

Orsino's is returned. I could hardly entreat him back. He
hardly (adv.) 1 with great difficulty, only with difficulty

attends your ladyship's pleasure.
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count


OLIVIA

I'll come to him.

Exit Servant

Good Maria, let this fellow be looked to. Where's my

cousin Toby? Let some of my people have a special care

care of him. I would not have him miscarry for the half of
miscarry (v.) 1 come to harm, perish, meet death

my dowry.

Exeunt Olivia and Maria different ways


MALVOLIO

O ho! Do you come near me now? No worse
come near (v.) 2 begin to understand, start to appreciate

man than Sir Toby to look to me! This concurs directly

with the letter. She sends him on purpose, that I may

appear stubborn to him; for she incites me to that in

the letter. ‘ Cast thy humble slough,’ says she. ‘ Be

opposite with a kinsman, surly with servants, let thy

tongue tang with arguments of state, put thyself into the

trick of singularity ’ – and consequently sets down the
consequently (adv.) subsequently, later, then

manner how: as, a sad face, a reverend carriage, a slow
carriage (n.) 1 bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

tongue, in the habit of some sir of note, and so forth. I
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count
sir (n.) 2 gentleman, lord, gallant, master See Topics: Address forms

have limed her! But it is Jove's doing, and Jove make me
lime (v.) 1 trap, snare, catch [as if by using birdlime]

thankful! And when she went away now – ‘ let this fellow

be looked to.’ Fellow! Not ‘ Malvolio,’ nor after my

degree, but ‘ fellow ’! Why, everything adheres together,
degree (n.) 1 rank, station, standing
fellow (n.) 2 counterpart, match, equal

that no dram of a scruple, no scruple of a scruple, no
dram (n.) 1 tiny amount, small quantity
scruple (n.) 1 tiny amount, last ounce

obstacle, no incredulous or unsafe circumstance – what
incredulous (adj.) incredible, unbelievable

can be said? – nothing that can be, can come between

me and the full prospect of my hopes. Well, Jove, not I,

is the doer of this, and he is to be thanked.

Enter Sir Toby, Fabian, and Maria


SIR TOBY

Which way is he, in the name of sanctity? If all

the devils of hell be drawn in little and Legion himself
little, in on a small scale, in miniature

possessed him, yet I'll speak to him.


FABIAN

Here he is, here he is. How is't with you, sir?

How is't with you, man?


MALVOLIO

Go off, I discard you. Let me enjoy my private.
private (n.) 1 privacy, own company, solitude

Go off.


MARIA

Lo, how hollow the fiend speaks within him. Did

not I tell you? Sir Toby, my lady prays you to have a

care of him.


MALVOLIO

Ah ha! Does she so!


SIR TOBY

Go to, go to! Peace, peace, we must deal gently

with him. Let me alone. How do you, Malvolio? How

is't with you? What, man, defy the devil! Consider,

he's an enemy to mankind.


MALVOLIO

Do you know what you say?


MARIA

La you, an you speak ill of the devil, how he takes
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

it at heart! Pray God he be not bewitched!


FABIAN

Carry his water to the wisewoman.
water (n.) 3 urine
wise woman, wisewoman (n.) fortune-teller, witch, sorceress


MARIA

Marry, and it shall be done tomorrow morning, if

I live. My lady would not lose him, for more than I'll

say.


MALVOLIO

How now, mistress?


MARIA

O Lord!


SIR TOBY

Prithee, hold thy peace, this is not the way. Do

you not see you move him? Let me alone with him.
move (v.) 2 move to anger, provoke, exasperate


FABIAN

No way but gentleness, gently, gently. The fiend

is rough, and will not be roughly used.


SIR TOBY

Why, how now, my bawcock? How dost thou,
bawcock (n.) [fine bird] fine fellow, good chap See Topics: Address forms

chuck?
chuck (n.) chicken, chick [usually as a term of endearment] See Topics: Address forms


MALVOLIO

Sir!


SIR TOBY

Ay, biddy, come with me. What, man, 'tis not
biddy (n.) chicken; chickabiddy [as childish form] See Topics: Address forms

for gravity to play at cherry-pit with Satan. Hang him,
cherry-pit (n.) [children's game] throwing cherry-stones into a hole
gravity (n.) 1 respectability, authority, dignified position

foul collier!
collier (n.) coalman, coal-vendor


MARIA

Get him to say his prayers, good Sir Toby; get him

to pray.


MALVOLIO

My prayers, minx!


MARIA

No, I warrant you, he will not hear of godliness.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


MALVOLIO

Go, hang yourselves all. You are idle, shallow

things; I am not of your element. You shall know more
element (n.) 7 place, sphere, station

hereafter.

Exit Malvolio


SIR TOBY

Is't possible?


FABIAN

If this were played upon a stage now, I could

condemn it as an improbable fiction.


SIR TOBY

His very genius hath taken the infection of the
genius (n.) 1 soul, spirit, being

device, man.
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick


MARIA

Nay, pursue him now, lest the device take air, and
air, take become known, spread about
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick

taint.
taint (v.) 5 spoil, go rotten


FABIAN

Why, we shall make him mad indeed.


MARIA

The house will be the quieter.


SIR TOBY

Come, we'll have him in a dark room and

bound. My niece is already in the belief that he's mad.

We may carry it thus for our pleasure and his penance
carry (v.) 8 maintain, keep going, carry on with

till our very pastime, tired out of breath, prompt us to

have mercy on him; at which time, we will bring the

device to the bar, and crown thee for a finder of madmen.
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick
finder (n.) jury-member who determines if someone is insane, ascertainer

But see, but see!

Enter Sir Andrew
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance


FABIAN

More matter for a May morning!


SIR ANDREW

Here's the challenge, read it. I warrant
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

there's vinegar and pepper in't.


FABIAN

Is't so saucy?
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant


SIR ANDREW

Ay, is't, I warrant him. Do but read.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


SIR TOBY

Give me.

He reads

Youth, whatsoever thou art, thou art but a scurvy fellow.


FABIAN

Good and valiant.


SIR TOBY

(reads)
admire (v.) 1 marvel, wonder, be astonished [at]
wonder (v.) 1 marvel [at], be astonished [at]

Wonder not, nor admire not in thy mind,

why I do call thee so, for I will show thee no reason for't.


FABIAN

A good note, that keeps you from the blow of the

law.


SIR TOBY

(reads)

Thou com'st to the Lady Olivia, and in

my sight she uses thee kindly. But thou liest in thy throat;
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

that is not the matter I challenge thee for.


FABIAN

Very brief, and to exceeding good sense – (aside)

less!


SIR TOBY

(reads)

I will waylay thee going home; where, if

it be thy chance to kill me


FABIAN

Good!


SIR TOBY

(reads)

thou kill'st me like a rogue and a

villain.


FABIAN

Still you keep o' the windy side of the law;
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]
windy (adj.) windward, situated towards the wind [so that scent will travel away from the follower]

good.


SIR TOBY

(reads)

Fare thee well, and God have mercy upon

one of our souls. He may have mercy upon mine, but my

hope is better – and so, look to thyself. Thy friend as thou

usest him, and thy sworn enemy, Andrew Aguecheek. If

this letter move him not, his legs cannot. I'll give't him.


MARIA

You may have very fit occasion for't. He is now in
fit (adj.) 1 suited, fitting, appropriate

some commerce with my lady, and will by and by
by and by (adv.) 2 shortly, soon, before long
commerce (n.) dealings, transactions, intercourse

depart.


SIR TOBY

Go, Sir Andrew. Scout me for him at the
scout (v.) 2 keep a look-out, watch out

corner of the orchard like a bum-baily. So soon as ever
bum-baily, bum-bailiff (n.) bailiff, sheriff's officer [who catches people by sneaking up behind them]

thou seest him, draw, and as thou drawest, swear horrible;

for it comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood

more approbation than ever proof itself would have
approbation (n.) 2 proof, confirmation, attestation
proof (n.) 3 test, trial

earned him. Away!


SIR ANDREW

Nay, let me alone for swearing.
alone, let [one] 1 leave it to [one], you can rely on [one]

Exit


SIR TOBY

Now will not I deliver his letter. For the behaviour

of the young gentleman gives him out to be of

good capacity and breeding; his employment between

his lord and my niece confirms no less. Therefore this

letter, being so excellently ignorant, will breed no terror

in the youth; he will find it comes from a clodpole. But,
clodpole (n.) blockhead, thickhead, dolt

sir, I will deliver his challenge by word of mouth; set

upon Aguecheek a notable report of valour, and drive

the gentleman – as I know his youth will aptly receive it
aptly (adv.) easily, readily
receive (v.) 1 consider, believe, regard

– into a most hideous opinion of his rage, skill, fury, and

impetuosity. This will so fright them both, that they
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

will kill one another by the look, like cockatrices.
cockatrice (n.) murderous serpent, basilisk

Enter Olivia and Viola
give way (v.) 2 keep out of the way [of], steer clear [of]


FABIAN

Here he comes with your niece. Give them way

till he take leave, and presently after him.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


SIR TOBY

I will meditate the while upon some horrid
horrid (adj.) horrifying, frightful, terrifying

message for a challenge.

Exit Maria

Sir Toby and Fabian stand aside


OLIVIA

I have said too much unto a heart of stone,

And laid mine honour too unchary on't.
unchary (adv.) carelessly, incautiously, unguardedly

There's something in me that reproves my fault.

But such a headstrong, potent fault it is,

That it but mocks reproof.


VIOLA

With the same 'haviour that your passion bears
haviour (n.) behaviour, manner, demeanour
passion (n.) 3 suffering, torment, deep grief

Goes on my master's griefs.


OLIVIA

Here, wear this jewel for me, 'tis my picture.
jewel (n.) 2 miniature in a jewelled setting

Refuse it not, it hath no tongue to vex you.
vex (v.) afflict, trouble, torment

And, I beseech you, come again tomorrow.

What shall you ask of me that I'll deny,

That honour saved may upon asking give?


VIOLA

Nothing but this: your true love for my master.


OLIVIA

How with mine honour may I give him that

Which I have given to you?
acquit (v.) 1 release, free, discharge


VIOLA

                         I will acquit you.


OLIVIA

Well, come again tomorrow. Fare thee well.

A fiend like thee might bear my soul to hell.

Exit

Sir Toby and Fabian come forward


SIR TOBY

Gentleman, God save thee!


VIOLA

And you, sir.


SIR TOBY

That defence thou hast, betake thee to't. Of
betake (v.) 2 resort, have recourse, commit oneself
defence (n.) 1 fencing, swordsmanship, skill of self-defence

what nature the wrongs are thou hast done him, I know

not; but thy intercepter, full of despite, bloody as the
bloody (adj.) 1 blood-thirsty, warlike, ferocious
despite (n.) 2 malice, spite, hatred

hunter, attends thee at the orchard end. Dismount thy
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count
dismount (v.) 2 [fencing] draw, remove from the sheath

tuck; be yare in thy preparation; for thy assailant is
tuck (n.) rapier, long slender sword See Topics: Weapons
yare (adj.) 2 quick, deft, adept

quick, skilful, and deadly.


VIOLA

You mistake, sir. I am sure no man hath any

quarrel to me. My remembrance is very free and clear
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

from any image of offence done to any man.


SIR TOBY

You'll find it otherwise, I assure you. Therefore,

if you hold your life at any price, betake you to
betake (v.) 2 resort, have recourse, commit oneself

your guard; for your opposite hath in him what youth,
opposite (n.) 1 opponent, adversary, anatagonist

strength, skill, and wrath can furnish man withal.


VIOLA

I pray you, sir, what is he?


SIR TOBY

He is knight dubbed with unhatched rapier and
unhatched (adj.) 2 unmarked, unhacked; or: undrawn

on carpet consideration – but he is a devil in private
carpet (adj.) for exploits ‘on the carpet’ [relating to the court, appropriate to a drawing room] not ‘in the field’

brawl. Souls and bodies hath he divorced three; and his

incensement at this moment is so implacable, that
incensement (n.) anger, wrath, fury

satisfaction can be none, but by pangs of death, and

sepulchre. Hob, nob! is his word: give't or take't.
hob, nob give or take, come what may


VIOLA

I will return again into the house and desire some

conduct of the lady. I am no fighter. I have heard of
conduct (n.) 4 care, protection

some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others

to taste their valour. Belike this is a man of that quirk.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count
quirk (n.) 1 trick, turn, peculiarity
taste (v.) 1 try out, test, put to the proof


SIR TOBY

Sir, no. His indignation derives itself out of a

very computent injury. Therefore, get you on and give
competent, computent (adj.) 2 to be reckoned with, needing to be settled

him his desire. Back you shall not to the house, unless

you undertake that with me, which with as much safety
undertake (v.) 5 take on, fight with, engage in combat with

you might answer him. Therefore on, or strip your

sword stark naked; for meddle you must, that's certain,
meddle (v.) 1 fight, engage in combat, exchange blows

or forswear to wear iron about you.
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count


VIOLA

This is as uncivil as strange. I beseech you, do me

this courteous office, as to know of the knight what my
know (v.) 4 find out, ascertain, learn [from]
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

offence to him is. It is something of my negligence,

nothing of my purpose.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


SIR TOBY

I will do so. Signor Fabian, stay you by this

gentleman till my return.

Exit


VIOLA

Pray you, sir, do you know of this matter?


FABIAN

I know the knight is incensed against you, even

to a mortal arbitrement, but nothing of the circumstance
arbitrament, arbitrement (n.) 1 deciding of a dispute, determination, settlement
mortal (adj.) 1 fatal, deadly, lethal

more.


VIOLA

I beseech you, what manner of man is he?


FABIAN

Nothing of that wonderful promise, to read him

by his form, as you are like to find him in the proof
form (n.) 8 physical appearance, outward appearance
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
proof (n.) 4 evidence, demonstration, testimony

of his valour. He is indeed, sir, the most skilful, bloody,
bloody (adj.) 1 blood-thirsty, warlike, ferocious

and fatal opposite that you could possibly have found in
fatal (adj.) 3 death-dealing, death-boding
opposite (n.) 1 opponent, adversary, anatagonist

any part of Illyria. Will you walk towards him? I will

make your peace with him, if I can.


VIOLA

I shall be much bound to you for't. I am one that

had rather go with Sir Priest than Sir Knight; I care not

who knows so much of my mettle.

Enter Sir Toby and Sir Andrew


SIR TOBY

Why, man, he's a very devil. I have not seen

such a firago. I had a pass with him, rapier, scabbard
firago (n.) virago, hero, fighter
pass (n.) 2 bout, exchange, round [in fencing]

and all; and he gives me the stuck-in with such a mortal
mortal (adj.) 1 fatal, deadly, lethal
stuck-in (n.) [fencing] thrust, lunge

motion that it is inevitable; and on the answer, he pays
answer (n.) 5 [fencing] return hit
inevitable unavoidable, unable to be averted
motion (n.) 10 [fencing] attack, execution
pay (v.) 2 punish, pay back, retaliate against

you as surely as your feet hits the ground they step on.

They say he has been fencer to the Sophy.


SIR ANDREW

Pox on't! I'll not meddle with him.


SIR TOBY

Ay, but he will not now be pacified. Fabian can

scarce hold him yonder.


SIR ANDREW

Plague on't! An I thought he had been

valiant, and so cunning in fence, I'd have seen him

damned ere I'd have challenged him. Let him let the

matter slip, and I'll give him my horse, grey Capilet.


SIR TOBY

I'll make the motion. Stand here, make a good
motion (n.) 6 proposal, proposition, suggestion, offer

show on't. This shall end without the perdition of souls.
perdition (n.) 1 ruin, destruction, devastation

(Aside, as he crosses to Fabian) Marry, I'll ride your

horse as well as I ride you! (To Fabian) I have his horse

to take up the quarrel. I have persuaded him the youth's
take up (v.) 1 settle, make up, resolve

a devil.


FABIAN

He is as horribly conceited of him, and pants and
conceited (adj.) 2 of the same opinion, minded

looks pale as if a bear were at his heels.


SIR TOBY

(to Viola)

There's no remedy, sir, he will fight

with you for's oath's sake. Marry, he hath better

bethought him of his quarrel, and he finds that now scarce

to be worth talking of. Therefore, draw for the supportance
supportance (n.) support, propping up, reinforcement

of his vow. He protests he will not hurt you.


VIOLA

(aside)

Pray God defend me! A little thing would

make me tell them how much I lack of a man.


FABIAN

Give ground if you see him furious.


SIR TOBY

(crossing to Sir Andrew)

Come, Sir Andrew,

there's no remedy. The gentleman will, for his honour's

sake, have one bout with you, he cannot by the duello
bout (n.) 1 fight, round, contest
duello (n.) established duelling code

avoid it. But he has promised me, as he is a gentleman

and a soldier, he will not hurt you. Come on, to't!


SIR ANDREW

Pray God, he keep his oath!

He draws

Enter Antonio


VIOLA

I do assure you, 'tis against my will.

She draws


ANTONIO

Put up your sword. If this young gentleman

Have done offence, I take the fault on me.
fault (n.) 1 sin, offence, crime

If you offend him, I for him defy you.


SIR TOBY

You, sir? Why, what are you?


ANTONIO

One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more

Than you have heard him brag to you he will.


SIR TOBY

Nay, if you be an undertaker, I am for you.
undertaker (n.) 1 person who takes on a task

Enter Officers


FABIAN

O good Sir Toby, hold! Here come the Officers.


SIR TOBY

(to Antonio)

I'll be with you anon.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count


VIOLA

(to Sir Andrew)

Pray sir, put your sword up, if

you please.


SIR ANDREW

Marry, will I, sir. And for that I promised

you, I'll be as good as my word. He will bear you easily,

and reins well.


FIRST OFFICER

This is the man; do thy office.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count


SECOND OFFICER

Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

Of Count Orsino.


ANTONIO

                         You do mistake me, sir.


FIRST OFFICER

No, sir, no jot. I know your favour well,
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks

Though now you have no sea-cap on your head.

Take him away; he knows I know him well.


ANTONIO

I must obey. (To Viola) This comes with seeking you.

But there's no remedy, I shall answer it.
answer (v.) 4 suffer the consequences [for], be accountable [for]

What will you do, now my necessity

Makes me to ask you for my purse? It grieves me

Much more for what I cannot do for you

Than what befalls myself. You stand amazed;
amazed (adj.) dumbfounded, stunned, thunderstruck, overwhelmed

But be of comfort.


SECOND OFFICER

                         Come, sir, away!


ANTONIO

I must entreat of you some of that money.


VIOLA

What money, sir?

For the fair kindness you have showed me here,

And part being prompted by your present trouble,

Out of my lean and low ability,
ability (n.) 3 means, resources, funds
lean (adj.) 1 slight, mean, poor

I'll lend you something. My having is not much.
having (n.) 1 fortune, estate, means

I'll make division of my present with you.
present (n.) 2 available means, current resources

Hold: there's half my coffer.
coffer (n.) 2 funds, money, wealth


ANTONIO

Will you deny me now?

Is't possible that my deserts to you
desert, desart (n.) 3 worthy deed, meritorious action
tempt (v.) 1 try, test, make trial of

Can lack persuasion? Do not tempt my misery,

Lest that it make me so unsound a man

As to upbraid you with those kindnesses

That I have done for you.


VIOLA

                         I know of none.

Nor know I you by voice or any feature.

I hate ingratitude more in a man

Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness,
vainness (n.) boasting, ostentation, vanity

Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption

Inhabits our frail blood –


ANTONIO

                         O heavens themselves!


SECOND OFFICER

Come, sir, I pray you go.


ANTONIO

Let me speak a little. This youth that you see here

I snatched one half out of the jaws of death;

Relieved him with such sanctity of love;
relieve (v.) aid, assist, rescue
sanctity (n.) 2 true devotion, sacred intensity

And to his image, which methought did promise
image (n.) 4 appearance, aspect, countenance
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

Most venerable worth, did I devotion.
venerable commanding esteem, deserving of great respect


FIRST OFFICER

What's that to us? The time goes by. Away!


ANTONIO

But O, how vild an idol proves this god!
vile, vild (adj.) 3 shameful, contemptible, wretched

Thou hast, Sebastian, done good feature shame.

In nature, there's no blemish but the mind;

None can be called deformed, but the unkind.

Virtue is beauty; but the beauteous evil

Are empty trunks o'er-flourished by the devil.
over-flourish (v.) heavily embellish, richly decorate


FIRST OFFICER

The man grows mad; away with him. Come, come, sir.


ANTONIO

Lead me on.

Exeunt Antonio and Officers


VIOLA

(aside)

Methinks his words do from such passion fly
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

That he believes himself; so do not I?

Prove true, imagination, O, prove true –

That I, dear brother, be now ta'en for you!


SIR TOBY

Come hither, knight; come hither, Fabian.

We'll whisper o'er a couplet or two of most sage saws.
couplet (n.) 1 couple, brace
sage (adj.) solemn, grave, dignified
saw (n.) wise saying, platitude, maxim


VIOLA

He named Sebastian. I my brother know

Yet living in my glass. Even such and so
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count

In favour was my brother; and he went
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks

Still in this fashion, colour, ornament,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

For him I imitate. O, if it prove,
prove (v.) 4 prove to be true, turn out to be the truth

Tempests are kind, and salt waves fresh in love!

Exit


SIR TOBY

A very dishonest, paltry boy, and more a
dishonest (adj.) 2 dishonourable, discreditable, shameful

coward than a hare. His dishonesty appears in leaving
dishonesty (n.) 1 dishonour, shameful deed, disgraceful action

his friend here in necessity and denying him; and for his
deny (v.) 4 disown, disavow, renounce

cowardship, ask Fabian.
cowardship (n.) cowardice, fearfulness, timidity


FABIAN

A coward, a most devout coward, religious in it!
religious (adj.) 1 devout, conscientious, scrupulous


SIR ANDREW

'Slid! I'll after him again and beat him.


SIR TOBY

Do, cuff him soundly, but never draw thy

sword.


SIR ANDREW

An I do not –

Exit


FABIAN

Come, let's see the event.
event (n.) outcome, issue, consequence


SIR TOBY

I dare lay any money, 'twill be nothing yet.

Exeunt

 
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