Twelfth Night


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Sebastian and Feste


FESTE

Will you make me believe that I am not sent for

you?


SEBASTIAN

Go to, go to, thou art a foolish fellow. Let me

be clear of thee.


FESTE

Well held out, i'faith! No: I do not know you; nor
hold out (v.) sustain, maintain, keep up

I am not sent to you by my lady, to bid you come speak

with her; nor your name is not Master Cesario; nor this

is not my nose, neither. Nothing that is so, is so.


SEBASTIAN

I prithee, vent thy folly somewhere else; thou
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim

knowest not me.


FESTE

Vent my folly! He has heard that word of some

great man, and now applies it to a fool. Vent my folly!

I am afraid this great lubber the world will prove a
lubber (n.) clumsy dolt, blundering lout

cockney. I prithee now, ungird thy strangeness, and
cockney (n.) 2 milksop, sissy, softy
strangeness (n.) estrangement, disaffection, coldness, aloofness
ungird (v.) take off, remove, put off

tell me what I shall vent to my lady? Shall I vent to her
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim

that thou art coming?


SEBASTIAN

I prithee, foolish Greek, depart from me.
Greek, foolish / merry buffoon, merry person, silly joker

There's money for thee; if you tarry longer, I shall give
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger

worse payment.


FESTE

By my troth, thou hast an open hand! These wise

men that give fools money get themselves a good report

– after fourteen years' purchase.
purchase (n.) 5 financial return, earning power

Enter Sir Andrew, Sir Toby, and Fabian


SIR ANDREW

Now, sir, have I met you again? There's

for you!

He strikes Sebastian


SEBASTIAN

Why, there's for thee! And there!

He beats Sir Andrew with the handle of his dagger

And there! Are all the people mad?


SIR TOBY

Hold, sir, or I'll throw your dagger o'er the

house.


FESTE

This will I tell my lady straight. I would not be in
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

some of your coats, for twopence.

Exit


SIR TOBY

Come on, sir, hold!

He grips Sebastian


SIR ANDREW

Nay, let him alone. I'll go another way to

work with him. I'll have an action of battery against

him, if there be any law in Illyria – though I struck him

first, yet it's no matter for that.


SEBASTIAN

Let go thy hand!


SIR TOBY

Come, sir, I will not let you go. Come, my

young soldier, put up your iron; you are well fleshed.
fleshed (adj.) 2 blooded, initiated into fighting
iron (n.) 1 iron weapon, steel, sword
put up (v.) 1 sheathe, put away

Come on!


SEBASTIAN

I will be free from thee!

He breaks free and draws his sword

                         What wouldst thou now?

If thou darest tempt me further, draw thy sword.


SIR TOBY

What, what! Nay, then, I must have an ounce

or two of this malapert blood from you.
malapert (adj.) impudent, saucy, impertinent

He draws

Enter Olivia


OLIVIA

Hold, Toby! On thy life, I charge thee hold!


SIR TOBY

Madam!


OLIVIA

Will it be ever thus? Ungracious wretch,
ungracious (adj.) 2 inconsiderate, graceless, unmannerly

Fit for the mountains and the barbarous caves

Where manners ne'er were preached, out of my sight!

Be not offended, dear Cesario.

Rudesby, be gone!

Exeunt Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
rudesby (n.) ruffian, piece of insolence, unmannerly fellow

                         I prithee, gentle friend,

Let thy fair wisdom, not thy passion, sway
sway (v.) 1 control, rule, direct, govern

In this uncivil and unjust extent
extent (n.) 3 assault, attack, onslaught
uncivil (adj.) uncivilized, barbarous, unrefined

Against thy peace. Go with me to my house,

And hear thou there how many fruitless pranks
prank (n.) 1 outrageous deed, excessive behaviour

This ruffian hath botched up, that thou thereby
botch up (v.) clumsily contrive, make a mess of

Mayst smile at this. Thou shalt not choose but go;

Do not deny. Beshrew his soul for me!
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count
deny (v.) 2 refuse, decline, scorn

He started one poor heart of mine, in thee.
start (v.) 2 startle, alarm, disturb


SEBASTIAN

(aside)
relish (n.) 2 liking, taste, inclination

What relish is in this? How runs the stream?

Or I am mad, or else this is a dream.

Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep;
fancy (n.) 1 love, amorousness, infatuation
sense (n.) 5 mind, power of reason, wits
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!


OLIVIA

Nay, come, I prithee. Would thou'dst be ruled by me!
rule (v.) control, direct, guide


SEBASTIAN

Madam, I will.


OLIVIA

                         O, say so, and so be!

Exeunt

 
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